Downtown Las Vegas Tour

Skyler Rockey
Professor Shai Yeshayahu
CFA 100
21 November 2014
My Downtown Experience
I think most people would have to agree with me that if you her the words Downtown Las Vegas, they would think that it is most likely not the safest place to go. This is defiantly what I was thinking when I heard those words, but I new there most be a reason for going there for a art related field trip in a first year seminar class. As soon has I neared the area where he were supposed to meet, I was shocked to see the urban apartments, modern business buildings, and attractive looking houses. As we all gathered in the UNLV downtown Design Center, I knew that this was definitely place where people came to collaborate on new ideas and designs for the city. As we began the tour, a well known architect named Ken McCown who specialized in General Architecture and Landscape Architecture, spoke to us about what he does and how they are trying to make Downtown Las Vegas a better city. The information that he told us was fascinating. I am an architecture major, and I never even took into consideration what were the best materials to use in Las Vegas, where to locate buildings so that it got the least amount of sunlight in order to keep the building cooler, and the idea of building buildings so that the shops, retail and restaurants were on the bottom and the residential was on the upper floors was a very interesting concept. The idea of learning to design buildings this way is trying to help create more sustainable cities that use less resources and are more attractive to the public. As we walked around the city we came upon Fremont Street. I have never been to Fremont Street, but as soon as we got there I could tell that the street was full of fun things to do. It was definitely built and designed to attract tourist. There were restaurant, shops and activity to do all over the place for all age groups. As we continued the tour, we moved out of Fremont street and began walking around the area that was all owned by the Zappos Corporation. I learned that Zappos was the company that bought most of the land around the Fremont street area and were doing a complete overhaul. Because of this, they completely eliminated crimes that were happening in run down apartments in this area. As we neared the end of the tour, we came across the area where local artist had painted murals to symbolize the cover up of crime in that area. They were beautiful murals of everything that you could possible think of. They all symbolized something that was wrong in our society today. The tour was coming to an end. We ended at the Container Park, which was a place for the public to hang out and admire the different types of art work, activities and the giant praying mantis the spits fire. I had a great time exploring Downtown Las Vegas. It had so many cool things to offer. Since I am an architecture major, I can greatly appreciate all of the urban, artistic and sustainable features that the city had to offer. This section of CFA was my favorite by far. I loved how it really gave us a chance to see how architecture is designing the future. By taking this field trip, we could see a real world example of how architecture really is designing our future.  6ABCD260-80F1-4F61-B800-8F8EBAE24670watertraildowntown 073LasVegas_Downtown_Fremont_Street_4_B

Downtown Las Vegas

Skyler Rockey
Professor Shai Yeshayahu
CFA 100
21 November 2014
My Downtown Experience
I think most people would have to agree with me that if you her the words Downtown Las Vegas, they would think that it is most likely not the safest place to go. This is defiantly what I was thinking when I heard those words, but I new there most be a reason for going there for a art related field trip in a first year seminar class. As soon has I neared the area where he were supposed to meet, I was shocked to see the urban apartments, modern business buildings, and attractive looking houses. As we all gathered in the UNLV downtown Design Center, I knew that this was definitely place where people came to collaborate on new ideas and designs for the city. As we began the tour, a well known architect named Ken McCown who specialized in General Architecture and Landscape Architecture, spoke to us about what he does and how they are trying to make Downtown Las Vegas a better city. The information that he told us was fascinating. I am an architecture major, and I never even took into consideration what were the best materials to use in Las Vegas, where to locate buildings so that it got the least amount of sunlight in order to keep the building cooler, and the idea of building buildings so that the shops, retail and restaurants were on the bottom and the residential was on the upper floors was a very interesting concept. The idea of learning to design buildings this way is trying to help create more sustainable cities that use less resources and are more attractive to the public. As we walked around the city we came upon Fremont Street. I have never been to Fremont Street, but as soon as we got there I could tell that the street was full of fun things to do. It was definitely built and designed to attract tourist. There were restaurant, shops and activity to do all over the place for all age groups. As we continued the tour, we moved out of Fremont street and began walking around the area that was all owned by the Zappos Corporation. I learned that Zappos was the company that bought most of the land around the Fremont street area and were doing a complete overhaul. Because of this, they completely eliminated crimes that were happening in run down apartments in this area. As we neared the end of the tour, we came across the area where local artist had painted murals to symbolize the cover up of crime in that area. They were beautiful murals of everything that you could possible think of. They all symbolized something that was wrong in our society today. The tour was coming to an end. We ended at the Container Park, which was a place for the public to hang out and admire the different types of art work, activities and the giant praying mantis the spits fire. I had a great time exploring Downtown Las Vegas. It had so many cool things to offer. Since I am an architecture major, I can greatly appreciate all of the urban, artistic and sustainable features that the city had to offer. This section of CFA was my favorite by far. I loved how it really gave us a chance to see how architecture is designing the future. By taking this field trip, we could see a real world example of how architecture really is designing our future.

Downtown Las Vegas

Skyler Rockey
Professor Shai Yeshayahu
CFA 100
21 November 2014
My Downtown Experience
I think most people would have to agree with me that if you her the words Downtown Las Vegas, they would think that it is most likely not the safest place to go. This is defiantly what I was thinking when I heard those words, but I new there most be a reason for going there for a art related field trip in a first year seminar class. As soon has I neared the area where he were supposed to meet, I was shocked to see the urban apartments, modern business buildings, and attractive looking houses. As we all gathered in the UNLV downtown Design Center, I knew that this was definitely place where people came to collaborate on new ideas and designs for the city. As we began the tour, a well known architect named Ken McCown who specialized in General Architecture and Landscape Architecture, spoke to us about what he does and how they are trying to make Downtown Las Vegas a better city. The information that he told us was fascinating. I am an architecture major, and I never even took into consideration what were the best materials to use in Las Vegas, where to locate buildings so that it got the least amount of sunlight in order to keep the building cooler, and the idea of building buildings so that the shops, retail and restaurants were on the bottom and the residential was on the upper floors was a very interesting concept. The idea of learning to design buildings this way is trying to help create more sustainable cities that use less resources and are more attractive to the public. As we walked around the city we came upon Fremont Street. I have never been to Fremont Street, but as soon as we got there I could tell that the street was full of fun things to do. It was definitely built and designed to attract tourist. There were restaurant, shops and activity to do all over the place for all age groups. As we continued the tour, we moved out of Fremont street and began walking around the area that was all owned by the Zappos Corporation. I learned that Zappos was the company that bought most of the land around the Fremont street area and were doing a complete overhaul. Because of this, they completely eliminated crimes that were happening in run down apartments in this area. As we neared the end of the tour, we came across the area where local artist had painted murals to symbolize the cover up of crime in that area. They were beautiful murals of everything that you could possible think of. They all symbolized something that was wrong in our society today. The tour was coming to an end. We ended at the Container Park, which was a place for the public to hang out and admire the different types of art work, activities and the giant praying mantis the spits fire. I had a great time exploring Downtown Las Vegas. It had so many cool things to offer. Since I am an architecture major, I can greatly appreciate all of the urban, artistic and sustainable features that the city had to offer. This section of CFA was my favorite by far. I loved how it really gave us a chance to see how architecture is designing the future. By taking this field trip, we could see a real world example of how architecture really is designing our future.