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5 principles

Cristian Morales, Cristian Aguilar, Stevenson Fenelon

ARCH 4710

5 principles

Hierarchy– areas standing out

Identity– knowing where everything is.

Community-creating areas for people to gather.

Growth– increase in both construction and population.

Link– connect the redirected areas to create better circulation.

Urban Design Principles

When developing a master plan, a few points I would like to focus on are:

1. Circulation and ensuring all spaces are being used effectively.

2. Human scale and making the city/town/neighborhood work for the people.

3. Connecting neighborhoods with green spaces to join the two and encourage exploration and discovery.

4. Incorporating the natural environment in a way that does not disturb it.

5. Defining the city/town/neighborhood with natural elements as a way to draw people to all edges and incorporating these elements within the city as a guide to important locations.

Urban Design Principles

Some of the things that I believe we should do first are

1. Look at the map or at a least a picture of how the area was before in order to kind of understand why they decided to built it like that

2. Decide where some of the point in which people don’t want to go by or be around. In order to make them more approach able and see where we can make a center point or a place of importance

3 . Pick and chose where we need to improve and what can stay or has to go

4. See how the ideas that we have can not only fit the specific place but the surrounding as well

Urban Design Principals

Communities plan in order to improve the quality of public choices and decisions. Some communities do not plan until they encounter a crisis that demands an immediate public decision; then they hastily construct their plans after considering only a limited number of actions. In my opinion it is very important to take in consideration while creating a master plan is:

1. How private versus public works. Means how can they collaborate and not be isolated from each other.

2. Access to transportation.

3.  Take in consideration pedestrian needs. Means create access not only to the vehicles but also to people.

4. % of public green space is important.

5.  Size of the blocks and how they arranged in order to guide the circulation through the site.

6. Create a center of the plan that helps to concentrate important buildings, activities, etc.


Urban Design Principles

I think the following principles will help to guide a master plan:

  1. Thinking about the way roadways and sidewalks are placed in the plan.
  2. How close is transportation?
  3. Take into consideration residential areas (Private)  vs. commercial areas (Public)
  4. Where are the parks and plazas
  5. How big are the blocks and how are they arranged in the plan?

Urban Design Principles

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