As people walk around and experience different cities, towns, villages, etc, one cannot help but notice different patterns of land development from place to place. In my own recent experiences, I have made some observations about different  buildings and their relationship to the land and people that use them, and I have also formed my own opinions on them. Of the buildings that I most recently observed, two of them are on Cook campus in New Brunswick, and two are up in Jamaica, Vermont.

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This building right here, is the Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall located on Cook Campus. This is just one view of the building, but it basically gets the point across for the entire structure. The building has a unique shape, and at first glance, it does not even look like a permanent building. When i first saw this building, I had assumed that it was some sort of construction office for the campus, since Rutgers is always doing construction. It is also located right next to the addition that is going on to the Food Sciences building, furthering my false assumption. Another aspect I was not too fond of, is that it is solely pedestrian friendly. Pedestrian friendly is usually a good thing, but in this case, there are no nearby parking lots within a close walking distance.

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Here is another building on Cook campus that I experienced recently – it is Loree Hall. This building also is mainly accessible via pedestrian travels. There is a nearby parking Deck, but not everyone is permitted to park there. The landscape surrounding the building appears pretty nicely designed – there are several intertwining paths and trees that create a nice pastoral visual. But one problem with the structure, is the entrances. The building has three floors, and the first two have entrances on different parts of the walls, but if you enter through any of those entrances, it is quite difficult to find your way around and how to advance up or down a story.

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Now to Vermont. This past weekend I made my way up to Stratton Mountain in Vermont for a ski trip. In this photo above, is the main lodge located at the base of the mountain. This lodge is where people go in to eat or drink after a long day of skiing, or go in to enjoy a quick lunch and then go back out and hit the slopes. This building has a lot of appreciable qualities to it – one of my favorite being the balcony. The balcony is pretty spacious, and from atop of it, you have a nice view of the mountain and the village where all the shops and restaurants are located. Aside from just the view, you also have a nice prospect refuge feel – with your back against the facade of the building, one feels secure and alert of their surroundings when up there. Another bonus, are the ski racks in front of the building. This makes it easy for people to put down their equipment so they may enter and take a quick rest.

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Another building I was quite fond of while in Vermont, was this restaurant right here, Mulligan’s. Aside from the food being absolutely incredible, the building has great design and aesthetics to it. I have been coming to this mountain in Vermont for most of my life, and the way this restaurant is positioned has always been something I have admired. It is positioned on an angle, with terrace-like steps leading up to it that people can access from either direction they are approaching the restaurant. The lighting also provides for a very nice feel. As one can see, this picture was taken at night, yet there is no problem with seeing your surroundings and being able to appreciate the structure for what it is. Also the architecture is something to take note of. The shape and coloring of the walls, and everything else present just make you feel like you are in a unique place – that being the Stratton Mountain Village in Vermont.