Built Environment, Space, and Street Art

Built environment encompasses the utilization of space, architecture, art, texture, material, and any objects that may exist within a given area to communicate different messages about the space to it’s inhabitants. Built environment illustrates a range of emotion and plays a vital role in what we consider dangerous or stressful versus spatial concepts we view as relaxing such as open space, greenery, and art.

Applying Street Art to built environment is important in understanding it’s role within a community and how it affects those that surround it. When examining the most prominent Atlanta neighborhoods for street murals, we find their communities to be largely interconnected due to what is most likely emotions of pride for their local districts. This can stem from various positive reinforcements within their environments, but what I find most commonly is a universal appreciation for the art and intricate details of their communities space. Art positively impacts the people that interact with it visually on a daily basis by evoking feelings of wonder, appreciation, and even individuality as that piece is unique to their own corner of the universe.

I find neighborhoods lacking reputable local art to also sadly exhibit symptoms of disorder within their built environment that leads to the further degradation of their communities. I do not propose that art is that sole contributing factor to fixing these areas similar to conditions found in West Atlanta, but rather that street art represents the image of an in touch, happier space in contrast with those that lay disconnected and anxious of their own neighboring inhabitants.