Blog 3 – Elephants

Setbacks – The image is a side view of Thompson Library. In this image, you can see the setbacks leading up to the library with lots of space leading up to the library on all sides. I believe this is an appropriate use of setbacks due to the importance and significance Thompson library has on campus. Such a central and historical building should hold value in the eyes of those that use it every day, and the use of setbacks helps create an air of importance around it.

Accessibility – While the oval is undergoing construction for the tunnels, some of the piping is above ground causing several routes to be blocked off. This doesn’t pose an issue for those who can walk over the piping but those who might be in a wheelchair, crutches, etc. would have difficulty. Ohio State/ENGIE built a ramp to make the passage more accessible to all. There is only one ramp but most of the area is gated off so I think it’s as inclusive as it can currently be.

Building use – The Blackwell Hotel is a prominent building on campus. It’s located next to the business school in full view of the stadium. It’s the only hotel located on campus and its booked up for months. It’s rooms host high-class business meetings and boasts rooms at minimum $200 a night. This hotel has unreasonable pricing and holds a monopoly over hotels on campus, being the only option available for parents visiting students. This building doesn’t make sense as it is unreasonably priced and forces most parents to search somewhere else for an overnight stay.

Street Safety – This image is of the crossroads of Tuttle Park and Ives (right by Knowlton). Looking at this picture you can see that at times it does have traffic. During times of heavy congestion, the roads are very unsafe for those trying to cross. There is no traffic crossing light for pedestrians or even a crossing sign to warn drivers. Because a lot of people speed down this street after classes there should be something to give drivers a heads up just in case someone is about to cross. But besides a better crosswalk, the rest of the area is well designed. The sidewalks are wide enough and the roads are spaced out so drivers are not super close to the pedestrians.

Sidewalks – The sidewalks around campus are a telltale sign of where you are. South campus has thinner, winding, sometimes brick paths throughout. This shows how old campus really is and the history of the land. North, being a newer part of campus, is mostly wide cement walkways with some brick laid as a stylistic choice. These wider spaces are more friendly and accommodating to the droves of students on their way to class. The sidewalk in this picture is one on north campus and is wide enough to contain all the Buckeye fans as they pour into the Shoe on game day. The wide sidewalks offer a safe place for pedestrians to walk out of the way of cars in the street.

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