ASSIGNMENT 1 – Site Documentation…then Analysis

ASSIGNMENT 1: Site Documentation…then Analysis

Intent Site Analysis is an essential process for responsive architectural design at both the urban and building scales

Site Documentation: To develop drawings documenting existing conditions that serve as a basis for contextual analysis and architectural design work

Site Analysis: To develop a clear understanding of contextual forces in society and within the built environment that inform architectural and urban design strategies.

Students will analyze social patterns, behaviors, flows, and narratives specific to the sites in the Redhook neighborhood in Brooklyn. Initially, student groups will form to collaborate and graphically document site-specific characteristics..

The studio will work in four groups. Each group will collectively generate the following documentation:

•SITE: Location- The site should be related to major streets or landmarks previously existing. Aerial photographs help in this assessment stage. There should be documentation of distances and time from major places.
•SITE: Generalities- Includes ,figure ground, neighborhood context, greenspace, places of interaction, accessibility, schools, places of worship, community centers, etc.
•SITE: Legal Elements- Includes zoning classifications, FAR, set-backs, height restrictions, allowable site coverage, uses, and parking requirements etc
•SITE: Commerce- Includes hotels, restaurants, lounges, cafes, bars, and their catchment areas etc.
•SITE: Circulation/Pathways- Includes Residential to Commercial, Residential to Residential, Subways to Residential & Commercial, Schools to Commercial, etc.
•SITE: Urban Walls- Includes façade patterning, hierarchies, solid/void, rhythm, repetition, etc.
•SITE: Climate and Natural Light- Includes natural light intensity, natural light density, analysis over time/space, etc.
•SITE: History- includes neighborhood history


Sanborn Maps
Google Earth
USGS surveys
U.S. Census

1. Block 595 Lot 300 On the water bounded by Van Dyke to the East and Barnell to the South.

2. Block 595 Lot 9 Currently an overflow parking lot for Fairway Market

3. Block 595 Lot 70 End of Coffey Street

4. Block 573 Lot 101


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