As we were strolling through the parks, plazas, and Squares, one as a designer is able to recognize the differences between these three public spaces. I noticed that the materials used on the ground surfaces of these spaces gave a feeling about what the space was meant to be for. A plaza usually had tile or more smoother materials, park used grass or pebbled ground, and square had a little of both. Also, it is comforting that the streets are being narrowed down, making more of a pedestrian like setting instead of a vehicular one.
A few important points that could guide a master plan design are:
-Exploring the way of life in order to make conscious design decisions
-What are the near by building uses and how could that impact a future design
-How much open space is needed or public space
-How wide should the streets be
-Look at existing building grid system and how could it be improved
-What is the or what could be potential a central site for this plan.
-Look at the regional scale and analyze how the location of the site could impact future design, look at its, wind, water access, water drain for future flooding, sun.
-Lastly. understanding the macro-scale in order to understand the micro-scale
Urban Design is the study of the micro-scale and macro-scale of a site, city, or place. Urban Design focuses on what could possibly impact a site but also, what smart choices could a designer make it a more desirable place to live in.