1. Microclimate Observations:

 What microclimates can you identify?
 What makes each one unique?
 What conditions create each of the microclimates you have identified?
 What could you do to modify the microclimates?

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2. Historic Observations & Research:

 Historical uses of Waterfront.
 Where do street and neighborhood names come from?
 Artifacts of the past? Do you see re-use?
 How does the past affect current and future uses?
 Are past uses beneficial or will they require remediation?
 Long term impacts and future development plans.

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3. Circulation Observations:

 Types of circulation
 (pedestrian, vehicular, bicycle routes, etc.)
 (public/private)
 Nodes and Transportation Hubs
 Are all modes compatible? Are their conflicts? Where do they cross?
 Wayfinding – what can you do to help people find their way?

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4. Parks & Openspace Observations:

 Nature of OpenSpace (Hardscape/Landscaped Park/Waterfront)
 Pattern of OpenSpace. (Figure/Ground and Ground /Figure)
 Social and Historical Importance of OpenSpaces
 Hierarchy of spaces from Private to Public.

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5. Land Use / Zoning / Activity Observations:

 Land Use/Zoning
 Note building heights and uses.
 What edges and adjacencies do you observe?
 Seasonal Activity Patterns
 Daily Weekday/Weekend Activity Patterns
 Commercial / Residential / Industrial
 How has use and activity changed over time?

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6. Environmental / Sustainability Observations:

 Ecology
 Flora and Fauna
 Noise
 Sun/Shadow
 What considerations for creating a positive environment?

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7. Hydrology / Topography / Materials Observations:

 Site Lines – (Views to and from)
 Drainage
 Material types (hard vs soft, absorbent vs impervious)

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8. People Related Observations:

 Who comes to the neighborhood & why?
 Where do they gather & why?
 How long do they stay in different locations?
 What are the demographics?

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