Air Conditioner Shrine?
This pergola in front of Bray Hall houses two air conditioning units. There really is nothing inviting or uninviting about the pergola, yet its purpose seems to be a finished look for the not-so-aesthetically pleasing A/C units. This may or may not be the true purpose of this pergola. The materials used suit the wood theme of SUNY ESF. To me, this pergola seems unnecessary and I am implored to ask why it is there. One would think that it serves as a shrine for the air conditioners.
Watch Your Step!
These granite steps are located outside Lawrinson Hall and are very uninviting. The steps have shifted over time and have obviously seen better days. I am not certain what has caused this as there are no large trees nearby with large root systems. Not only have the granite steps shifted but the small concrete tiles at the top have popped out. The uneven pavement serves only as a hazard and should be redone to accommodate foot traffic.
Just south of the Gateway Building lies this unattractive concrete wall that spans about ten feet across. The wall seems to serve no purpose as there are large boulders behind it keeping the soil in place. I think they should put a sign on the wall that either says SUNY ESF or Gateway. At least then the wall would serve a purpose and not look so uninviting.
Hall of Languages Landscape
This is an incredibly inviting landscape with a green lawn bordered by neat sidewalk lined with shady trees leading up to the Hall of Languages. At the base of the slope, there is a plaza donated by a past Syracuse class. The circular planter in the middle also serves as a bench for people to sit on and admire the beautifully ominous Second Empire building that is the Hall of Languages.
"Simplicity is the glory of expression." -Walt Whitman
This picture reminds me of how simple things can carry an enormous amount of beauty. This picture of Thayer Park at Skaneateles Lake contains three main objects: a bench, a tree, and a lake that make a huge impression. The stone wall separating the lawn from the lake is a nice touch, providing a visual barrier between the two elements. This area is very casual and inviting as many people take advantage of the shade and picturesque views.
Gateway at Night
One thing that really strikes me when I see this landscape is the juxtaposition of different materials. Green vegetation is bordered by straight granite slabs. The timber cantilevered roof of Gateway is also adorn with green plants from the roof garden. This landscape provides diversity and aesthetic beauty to a very heavy traffic area on the ESF campus. Even the lighting fixtures are welcoming.
The Importance of Water Features
This picture is of a fountain in Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia. It really is an example of why water features, such as fountains, are an important part of a landscape. This fountain provides an aesthetic and practical use as it is a nice change of scenery and a great area to cool off in the park on a hot day. Just about every water feature, in my opinion, is inviting and this one justifies that statement.
Looking Down from the Hill
The hill where Crouse College sits offers the best views of the entire Syracuse campus. The landscape in the foreground of the picture is very curvilinear, with the road snaking up the hill. The trees are spaced sparsely to provide an open feel. The overall mood is casual, with people walking around without feeling that they don't belong there (i.e. no gates or fences).
The Brewster, Boland, and Brockway complex may be home to a nice dining hall, but its appearance leaves a lot to be desired. The entire complex consists of a beige, concrete, and industrial vibe. It is similar to the design of Lawrinson Hall. Overall, not a very appealing or inviting design that completely blocks out any feeling of nature or life for that matter. It is apparent that this walkway is a path less traveled, and the reason requires no explanation.
Watch Your Step! - The Sequel
Just when you thought it was safe to take the steps again. This colossal staircase outside of Crouse College, Syracuse University is quite an uninviting structure - especially in the winter. Imagine slipping down those steps when they're icy. The cold, concrete design is rather fitting for this piece of architecture. Aesthetically, the steps do not deliver, but it is just as well since the beautiful Crouse College compensates for them.
Oakwood Cemetery Chapel
The J.L. Silsbee chapel in Oakwood Cemetery is quite a sight to behold. With its Onondaga limestone exterior, the chapel and roadway leading to it present a formal part of the old section of Oakwood. The rising hills of the cemetery surrounding the low-to-ground chapel makes a dramatic impression. The chapel undoubtedly draws people in because it
Hanover Square, Syracuse
The first word that comes to mind when seeing this landscape is dilapidated. The concrete tiling needs to be grouted and more sustainable. You cannot spell dilapidated without "dated" and that also effectively describes this sunken plaza area and fountain. Despite all the negative connotations that can describe this landscape design, there is indeed potential. Revitalization has become a recurring theme with downtown Syracuse and perhaps one day will make its way to Hanover Square park.