Urban Design Studio class reflection

After exchanging ideas based on a researcher perspective and a designer perspective I think both groups took away a lot from each other whether we offered suggestions or asked my they designed the Farragut houses the way they did. According to the three groups they wanted to encourage more commercial activity in order to promote safety because in this way there would be more people at nights except for just the residents that live there. they also wanted to have more residential buildings for middle class residents so that vinegar hill wouldn’t be seen as an area for just people who are struggling. they stressed that it was hard to tell the use of the land and whether it was private or public space of if the park was open for everyone to use or just the residents that live there. In addition they wanted the F train to be visible and they wanted to make the streets smaller and not as wide as they presently are since it seems to cause separation between the residents. Also they mentioned they wanted to add more rite aids, grocery stores, barbershops and nail salons which are resources that would make this area busier and less secluded. I was very mind blown of how the students re created the Farragut houses and how they incorporated their own ideas and improvements that they thought should be made to make the area more safe and commercial friendly.

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