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Site Plans, Perspectives, and More!

These excellent graphical examples were compiled by Jill Allen, GSD 2010

Site Analysis

FIGURE GROUND diagrams can illustrate general patterns in the urban fabric or Metropolitan fabric changes in building typologies along corridors.
The urban fabric near the Gillette site exhibits a marked difference from both the large but regular blocks of downtown Boston and the fine-grained venacular residential fabric throughout much of the rest of the city (right). This difference is much more prominently displayed in the study of individual streets near the site, with Dorchester Ave. clearly showing a transition in both scale and grain as one moves from South to North. Also, unlike much of Boston, streets and other open spaces are no longer defined by a strong built edge.

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Siqi Zhu. Figure Ground Analysis Intro to Urban Design Techniques - Martin Zogran Spring 2008

Jill Allen - Havana Studio | Fall 2009 | Lee Cott

STREET AND BLOCK PATTERNS can show connectivity and urban fabric typologies
Adjacent street/block patterns Precedent fabrics Precedent fabrics

es around the site. The Fortpoint Channel area is divided into blocks pe, while the South Boston Community is devided by a much more all rectangle blocks. The size of the blocks varies, too. The residential ston Community are smaller than the commercial or office blocks in area in size. Even inside the residential blocks, the size of blocks has e in the center. Most of these differences are generated by the varies me differences are generated by building typology. The streets are pattern except some differences in Fortpoint Channel area. The width hree main categories. The density of the streets grids has represent a enter of South Boston community.

Block pattern varies around the site. The Fortpoint Channel area is divided into blocks with irregular shape, while the South Boston Community is devided by a much more common way into all rectangle blocks. The size of the blocks varies, too. The residential blocks in South Boston Community are smaller than the commercial or office blocks in Foitpoint Channel area in size. Even inside the residential blocks, the size of blocks has a significant change in the center. Most of these differences are generated by the varies of land use, but some differences are generated by building typology. The streets are generally in a grid pattern except some differences in Fortpoint Channel area. The width of the street is in three main categories. The density of the streets grids has represent a transform in the center of South Boston community.

Regular Blocks + Regular Footprints +Irregular Footprints

Regular Blocks + Irregular Footprints Regular Blocks + Regular Footprints +Irregular Footprints

ferent types of building foot prints in this graphic. The building oitpoint Channel area are large and concentrated with relatively higher ng footprints in most area of South Boston community are small and e organized in a periphery way within each block. The building enter of the residential area are totally different with the rest, with n lower density. The open lands in the residenrtial community are pieces. The open lands around the Covention Center are large and pen lands in the 100 acre plan are purposely designed in concentrated

There are three different types of building foot prints in this graphic. The building footprints in the Foitpoint Channel area are large and concentrated with relatively higher density. The building footprints in most area of South Boston community are small and dispersed. They are organized in a periphery way within each block. The building footprints in the center of the residential area are totally different with the rest, with interesting shape in lower density. The open lands in the residenrtial community are dispersed in small pieces. The open lands around the Covention Center are large and continuous. The open lands in the 100 acre plan are purposely designed in concentrated way.

Irregular Blocks + Regular Footprints

Irregular Blocks + Irregular Footprints Irregular Blocks + Regular Footprints

Bicen Ye. Block and Street Pattern Analysis Intro to Urban Design Techniques - Martin Zogran Spring 2008

HAND DRAWN analysis can be an effective way to present a nuanced view of a place; hand-drawing is also a good way to learn about an area

Seaport Public Realm Plan, 1999

HAND DRAWING can be an effective means of communications even if it is sketchy!

Seaport Public Realm Plan, 1999

HAND DRAWING to explain and understand new relationships

Kevin Lynch. A Process of Community Visual Survey. pg 268-9

Kevin Lynch. A Process of Community Visual Survey. pg 302

Jill Allen, Aquidneck Island Analysis - Core Studio Spring 2009

Siqi Zhu, Aquidneck Island - Core Studio Spring 2009

Concept Maps/Diagrams

AERIALS can provide a good background/base for concept diagrams

Ming-Jen Hsueh - Contested Waters: The Tajo River in Spain, Fall 2007 Studio GSD http://studioworks. gsd.harvard.edu/browse/studioworks.html

Ming-Jen Hsueh - Contested Waters: The Tajo River in Spain, Fall 2007 Studio GSD http://studioworks.gsd.harvard.edu/browse/studioworks.html

LIGHTENDED FIGURE GROUND can be another effective background for a diagram

Eric Batcho, Enru Hong, Evan Jenkins, Radhi Nair - Harlem 125: Shifting Culture, Shifting Economy, Shifting Urbanity - Fall 2006 GSD Studio (Toni Griffin) http://studioworks.gsd.harvard.edu/browse/studioworks.html

SIMPLE, CLEAR IMAGES are most effective; pay attention to: line width and style, filled vs. outlined shapes, and labels

Jaime C. Henderson, Assoc. AIA Neal-Prince + Partners, Architects - entry to Golden Capital Summer Pavilion Competition | http://competitions.welcomecac.com/images/projects/e450f7b42f68_ 79bb855772.jpg

ELIMINATE SUPERFLUOUS INFO

David Woodhouse Architects. Burnham Memorial Design Competition Entry

COLOR can help tell your story; use it minimally for greater effect

Sasaki - Auraria Higher Ed Center Campus Master Plan Update - Denver, CO http://www.sasaki.com/what/portfolio.cgi?fid=485&service= 1&page=1

THE IMAGE of a diagram should embody your idea

Siqi Zhu, Concord - Core Studio Spring 2009

SERIES OF IMAGES in a similar style can consistently illustrate major concepts

http://udcompetition.uli.org/images/Phase2/Team_2143_presentation_boards.pdf

GROUPS OF DIAGRAMS and other images help convey a message

Geneva Wirth - Landscape Arch Core Studio - Fourth Semester Core, Spring 2007 http://studioworks.gsd.harvard.edu/browse/studioworks.html

East Bayfront Precinct Plan., pg 19, 21 http://www.waterfrontoronto.ca/dbdocs//4491a914d1783.pdf

Dongsei Kim and Jamieson Fajardo, MSAUD, Columbia University, New York, NY | Competition Entry - Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100 http://gallery.grandconcourse100.org/proposals/21

EXPLODED AXON drawings can show spatial relationships between different layers of a project; this technique helps a viewer separate different strategies

Christina Belton, Taewook Cha, Brenda Curtis, Lia Kelerchian, Gentry Lock, Erika Matthias, and Shachi Pandey, EDAW-NYC | Competition Entry - Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100 | http://gallery.grandconcourse100.org/proposals/4

COORDINATE DIAGRAMS with other drawings to clarify a concept

Ming-Jen Hsueh - Landscaping Urbanisms/Urbanizing Landscapes, GSD Studio, Spring 2008 http://studioworks.gsd.harvard.edu/browse/studioworks. html

COMBINE 2D and 3D diagrams to explain how a concept works on the ground

Jason Kentner and Karen Lewis, influx studio, Columbus, OH | Competition Entry - Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100 http://gallery.grandconcourse100.org/proposals/16

Examples of other Drawings

SKETCHUP MODEL overlayed on either line drawing or aerial

Nayla Al-Akl - Hunters Point Parklands Studio, Spring 2007 | http://studioworks.gsd.harvard.edu/browse/studioworks.html

Daniel Hadley,Aquidneck Island, Core Studio, Spring 2009

East Bayfront Precinct Plan., pg 19, 21 - http://www.waterfrontoronto.ca/dbdocs//4491a914d1783.pdf

Siq Zhu, Intro to urban design techniques, Spring 2009

Abhishek Sharma. Wollaston. Sasaki Internship. Summer 2009

BASIC STREET SECTIONS convey widths of various sections of a street and the relationship of the street width to building height

Sidewalk 20

Pa r k 8

Drive 11

Drive 11

Drive 11

Drive 11

Pa r k 8

Sidewalk 20

hand drawing on trace over the cad image to left


Jill Allen SBW - Core Studio Fall 2008

original cad image

Daniel Hadley, Intro to urban design techniques, Spring 2009