Monday, November 16, 2009


1. While Whyte and Gibbs both aim to provide suggestions to improve urban areas, cities, or towns, I found Whyte's approach much more convincing. Gibbs seemed to want to make everything perfect and have cities and towns be basically made into malls. In Gibbs' ideal world, imperfection seemed discouraged. However, Whyte looked at an existing, successful, thriving urban area, Lexington Avenue, and showed how its imperfect features made it that way.
2. Uniqueness and imperfection in a city or downtown area is attractive to me. This may be why I liked Whyte's approach better than Gibbs'. I have personally been to Lexington Avenue, and the atmosphere created by all the clashing sights, sounds, and smells is a sort of upbeat mood that says "New York" to me. The world Gibbs' wants to promote reminds me of an outlet mall my family visits in Florida whenever we go:

The area is clean, and perfect, and over designed, and not appealing. Everything looks the same, to the point where it is easy to become lost if you do not know which specific outlet store is where.

Ben and I spent around an hour to an hour and a half designing and building the egg. We used a small to medium sized cardboard box as the basic package. We put a sort of air packaging inside as the egg's main protection. We had a couple problems to fix. We needed to slow the package down as it fell, keep it falling straight, and make sure the egg would not slip and move around inside the package. We used another cardboard box top for air resistance, a plastic bag to slow it down and keep it falling straight, and a dixie cup taped to the air packaging to make sure the egg didn't slide.
Our package successfully protected the egg from the two and three story drops :D.
Here is Ben's blog.

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