Cultural Landscape Field Study of Winston-Salem, NC
In this quarter project you will examine Winston-Salem (in the field) and research other regions (in the
worldwide web) and determine the human imprint on the physical landscape or the “built environment”. By
going out in the field and comparing our site and locale geographers can identify the cultural values, customs,
distinctiveness, placelessness, and vernacular perception of the region. By researching on the worldwide web
geographers can assess the difference between many of the locale’s features to the features in other locales
without having to spend money on airfare or miss school. You may also find pictures you have taken on past
trips that can be compared and used for your studies. Regardless each photo essay slide must have a local
picture taken by your group. The comparative aspects can be found from your personal collection or on the
Where do cultural geographers begin?
1. Assemble a team (no more than 3 or 4).
2. Initiate a plan by asking:
a. Schedule times to meet and explore Winston.
b. Designate tasks such as research, definitions, leadership
c. What are we being asked to do (define terms)?
d. Where could we find these places in Winston-Salem?
e. Who has a camera, car, technology, etc?
f. Any other details…make sure I can read the communication on a self-created googledoc or meeting
3. Take photos around Winston-Salem (housing types, land use, religious buildings, shops, signs, schools,
community buildings, restaurants, monuments, cemeteries, historical sites, and statues/landmarks. Use
these and other elements to identify the culture of the area. Who has settled there? How has the area
changed? Which element fits with which terminology? Have I fully evaluated and applied all the
How do we turn in our cultural study?
Your final assessment will be a photo essay placed in a thin 3-ring binder. Pictures will be organized by the
main topics to be demonstrated by the photo. Under the photo(s) there will be a in your own words definition of
the concept/term and a detailed explanation of how the photo(s) fits with the topic/concept. All extra
terminology must be incorporated within your photo essay project. These words may be used once or more than
once but all must be included somewhere in your completed assessment. Do not forget to identify location.
Using the web you will find pictures within copyright laws to extend your study and illustrate to me
your understanding of the overall concepts. Do not use google.com or any other site that “borrows”
pictures. A citation must confirm the location of the photo (placed right on the page or as a citation
page at the end identifying which picture).
How do you know if you have copyright? Sites will have a policy written somewhere identifying the
use for educational purposes only. You may also receive written permission to use the picture for an
educational project by contacting the site webmaster/creator. If it is a photo you took from a past
experience or a friend’s copy of their experience, you must cite them or yourself as the source.
The following terms are your main concepts that will be illustrated with each picture or set of pictures taken
during your field study. Each concept is one page of your photo essay and must include a photo taken in
Concern for Environment
Beautification (Public versus Public Space)
Three Distinct Housing Forms
The following terms should be included somewhere in your field study analysis. These terms must be used
Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Relocation
Multiplier effect Pattern
Locale Cultural traits
Clustered and scattered (distribution) Distance Decay
Do not miss the geographical significance or application of the terms. Due Date January 7th. The first Friday
we return from Holiday Break.