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January 2018

Hollywood of the South
Why Georgia became the Hollywood of the South and how it grew. 
FilmLA announced that 17 featured films were shot in Georgia during 2016, which made GA the No. 1 filming location. United Kingdom came in second with 16 featured films, Canada in third place with 13 featured films and lastly California came in fourth place with 12 featured films. 

Tyler Perry, "the most successful African American filmmaker in history", partnered with GSB Architects & Interiors in 2007 to design and build Tyler Perry Studios. This partnership made history for building the first major film studio owned by an African American.

In 2015, Tyler Perry purchased the former army base in Atlanta, GA, Fort McPherson. His new studio will be one of the largest studios in the country.

References: LA TimesCNBC
February 2018

Crime Prevention in Educational Spaces Through Design
Design and the built environment can be used to reduce crime.
As professionals, related to the design industry, we not only have to think about the functionality, aesthetics, and materiality of a space, but also safety, and security. Any educational space from K-12 to Higher Education is defined by Sally Agustin in her book Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture "as a good place to learn that shares certain physical and symbolic characteristics communicated through design to promote learning and education."

Today, with all the mass shootings happening in our world, when designing educational environments, we need to implement Crime Prevention measures through Environmental Design to prevent and discourage people from committing any crime or abuse by manipulating the built environment in which those crimes proceed from or occur.

Even more, the environmental psychologist Dak Kopec, in his book Environmental Psychology for Design, states that “most schools are conveniently accessible public territories that have relatively uncontrolled access which leave the learning environments open to theft, damage, violence, and bullying”. As a result, building art professionals need to keep in mind, when designing for these institutions, features such as visual connectivity to easily monitor any activity of strangers, the appropriate use of real or symbolic barriers to conceal or maintain sight lines, and clear delineation of a space, as well as the use of technology to enhance the security, and a proper space planning to increase surveillance and to detect any problem quicker. 

- Agustin, S. (2009). Special Focus: Learning Environments. In Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (p. 221). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Crowe, T. D., & Zahm, D. L. (1994). Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. NAHB Landscape Development Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.popcenter.org/Responses/closing_streets/PDFs/Crowe_Zahm_1994.pdf
- Gendall, J. (2017, December 14). This Is How Architects and Designers Are Reacting to Mass Shootings. Retrieved from Architecture + Design: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/mass-shooting-reactive-design
- Kopec, D. (2012). Learning and Education. In Environmental Psychology for Design (2 ed., p. 231). Canada: Fairchild Books.
In the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, the use of laminated glass technology keeps windows resistant to impact.
The new school was situated at a higher elevation, allowing the administration to look out over the yard to see the approach to the school.