As careful as we sometimes are when crafting sentences, it’s easy to forget the biases and ideas that are implicit in words and phrases themselves. Take “Indian removal”, for example. In this country, we know that Indian Removal was an act passed by Congress in 1830, an idea, a goal to facilitate westward expansion, and a series of events that led to the majority of native peoples in the Southeast being coerced or forced across the Mississippi River to Indian Territory. What’s the problem? [Read more…] about What’s in a Word?
A lot of thought, care, and research was put into how each building can best be used to help tell the stories of 19th century southerners. As part of the move, we are able to reorient the structures and design a new master plan to facilitate our expanding story of the entire 19th century.
Upon completion of the first phase of the planning (see December 2015 newsletter), our team was enlarged to include an architect, landscape architect, a construction company, and a site designer. First, they created a topographical map of the new site, and placed our two dimensional design concept on this map, and made adjustments to make it work with the topography. Concurrent with that work, the team adjusted plans to meet fire, building, and applicable ADA codes. For example, as part of the site design we have to ensure access for fire and other emergency vehicles which impacts the final design. This phase also includes planning for utilities to and keep them as unobtrusive as they are at our current site in Lumpkin.
Henry Higgins famously used the rain in Spain to school Eliza Doolittle to speak properly, we however, are fine with our drawl, but rain that doesn’t drain— not so much. [Read more…] about Much Ado About Drainage