This week I have been working on an analysis of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood and the Strategic Investment Initiative 2.0. We were to establish two different focal areas: 1.) an improvement to the existing framework and 2.) a new anchor that recommends revitalizing a new area in the plan. My first focus area was along Detroit Ave. near the junction of 5 major streets in the Detroit Shoreway area. This area is important because it marks the entry to the Gordon Arts District and an efficient design will help upgrade the image and appearance of the community and increase its value. Site A:
The new anchor in this neighborhood will incorporate a number of infrastructural elements: the river, the railway, the streets, and a bridge. I will focus on vacant properties and open space as a way to bring people and boost the economy near Lorain Ave. and W 85th street. This "new anchor" will be focused on developing a new anchor to the SII masterplan. Site B:
This week in studio we focused on transportation as an urban system. We conducted several analysis/research/mapping investigations in which we analyzed the various forms of transportation: vehicular, pedestrian, bus transit, ship/boat, and plane. To begin my analysis, I conducted a site visit to the West side of Cleveland. I documented Vehicular and Pedestrian traffic and circulation patterns.
From here, we were able to determine a hypothesis. I focused on vehicular traffic. As a result of the site visit, I began mapping traffic densities. I used the Cleveland Traffic Report as my resource.
I conducted further research on street construction because I believe it is important to know the cost and type of resources/labor/materials that goes into streets and highways. I found a lot of information on Concrete vs. Asphalt. In general, I tried to focus on the benefits of using concrete vs. asphalt.
As a studio, we decided to focus on the city of Lakewood and how we could address Transit Oriented Design (TOD). We focused on minimizing the use of cars and instead proposing an alternative public transportation solution (bike, bus, train). First, we conducted research on the various systems in Lakewood. We determined the guidelines for TOD and presented precedents in class. I chose to focus on points of interest in Lakewood. More information to come next week.
Brandon E. Young