A&a overview

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A&a overview

  1. 1. Site Analysis & Assessment QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are neede d to see this picture.
  2. 2. Now that you’re done with your goalsarticulation, you should have… List of desired elements and species Problems, qualities, issues, likes Ideas for how to support and heal the land and surrounding ecosystems Design criteria to meet your values and goals A list of questions and topics to guide your analysis and assessment What do I need to know about the site to make these goals a reality?
  3. 3. Guidelines A&A connects the goals to the site It’s about patterns and relationships (remember: patterns to details) When we analyze, we break the site up into smaller, decipherable components so we can understand the relationships that exist between them The “What?”
  4. 4. When we assess, we assign valueAssessment The “So What?” What are the implications for design?
  5. 5. Bubble diagrams Fat markers, big movements (patterns) Circles and arrows Reasonably messy Words and pictures Qu ic kTime ™ and a TIFF (Unco mpres sed ) d eco mpres sor are n eed ed to se e th is pi cture.
  6. 6. A&A is a summary of the current reality It’s ok to have design directions, but don’t get lost in them Note them and return to the here and now and the implications for design
  7. 7. Distinguish between observations (factual, neutral) --> interpretations (assigning valuebased on your background/perspectiveand your goals)
  8. 8. The Path Forward Start collecting info (maps, historical documents, soils info, climate data, legal info, info from neighbors and community)
  9. 9. Undirected observation andinterpretation Now that you have your goals, go back and notice what you notice Connect back to your first impressions Can incorporate sector and flow analysis, or these can be part of your thematic observations
  10. 10. Thematic Observation Sector analysis Flow analysis Scale of Permanence
  11. 11. Scale of Permanence Climate Landform Water Legal Issues Access & Circulation Vegetation & Wildlife Microclimates Buildings & Infrastructure Zones of Use Soil Aesthetics
  12. 12. Overlay for each aspect of the s.o.p.(except climate)The goals determine the question youare asking and what you are looking forS.O.P. guiding questionsUse words and pictures
  13. 13. Set time limits for each aspectHold back on design, we’re buildin’momentum hereIf you get stuck, return to the goalsOn each overlay: summarize the 3-5 mostimportant pointsA&A Summary: summarize all the mostimportant data from all aspects of the s.o.p.onto one overlay, using words and pictures
  14. 14. Landform Qu ic kTime ™ and a TIFF (Unco mpres sed ) d eco mpres sor are n eed ed to se e th i s pi cture.
  15. 15. Water Qu ic kTime ™ and a TIFF (Unco mpres sed ) d eco mpres sor are n eed ed to se e th is pi cture.
  16. 16. Access & circulation Q ic kTime ™ and a u TIFF (Unco mpres sed ) d eco mpres sor are n eed ed to se e th is pi cture.
  17. 17. Vegetation & wildlife Qu ic kTime ™ and a TIFF (Unco mpres se d) d eco mpres so r are n eed ed to se e thi s pi cture.
  18. 18. microclimate Qu ic kTime ™ a nd a TIFF (Unco mpres sed ) de co mpress or are n eed ed to se e th is p i cture.
  19. 19. Soils Qu ic kTime ™ and a TIFF (Unco mpres sed ) d eco mpres so r are n eed ed to se e th i s pi cture.
  20. 20. Zones of Use, Aesthetics Q ic kTime ™ a nd a u TIFF (Unco mpres sed ) de co mpres sor are n eed ed to se e th is p i cture.
  21. 21. A&A summary Q ic kTime ™ a nd a u TIFF (Unco mpres sed ) de co mpres sor are n eed ed to se e th is p i cture.
  22. 22. Recap Patterns to details Patterns inherent in the goals Patterns inherent in the site Next, we begin weaving them together The goals guide the A&A Analyze: break the site up into its components Assess: assign value, interpret
  23. 23. Undirected observationSector and Flow AnalysesThematic observation guided by thescale of permanence Distinguish observations from interpretations
  24. 24. A&A Summary combination of the most important or influential observations and interpretations from all aspects of the s.o.p. summarizes the current reality on the site and its implications for design in relation to the goals lays foundation for decisions in design phaseThe more thorough the A&A, the smootherthe design phase…The A&A discovers the design

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