To conclude our analysis of water as a system, we focused on water particularly in residential areas. We focused on a sub-division in the Southwest corner of the Westcreek watershed; an area that receives headwater to the tributary. We chose this area because we recognized that the best way to control stormwater is to control the source of pollutation: at the headwater areas.
We took the treatment train approach, which is "a series of treatment measures that collectively address all stormwater pollutants." Our mapping analysis contained hydric soil locations, topo, roads, and boundary lines (see slides below).
Our design was to create an effective stormwater control system that filtered and infiltrated water. We also created an ideal subdivision that incorporated stormwater by adjusting to hydric soils and by using porous surfaces that help absorb and filter stormwater. Swales, constructed wetlands, elevated pathways, sediment basins, and inlet/outlet areas were all used in this design.
•By utilizing existing open space within the residential fabric, analyzing existing surface conditions, and appropriating proper wetland locations and treatment train plan we were able to design new sustainable homes that were influence by and worked with the natural landscape
•In addition to new homes, a community plan of renovating residential impervious surfaces and reducing the use of pesticides is promoted throughout the surrounding existing homes
•While a single home is a near fraction of the size of other commercial/industrial uses, the density and quantity make residential fabric some of the most influential within a watershed. By both renovating the existing, creating new, and living by example, a more diverse solution it created to the problem thus allowing for more significant effects on a more universal scale
This week we discussed Open Spaces as an Urban System. Our initial documentation included a site visit to the Suburbs in Northfield. We focused on the Cuyahoga River and the areas within 5 miles to the East and 5 miles to the West. During our site visit, we made observations on the regions/sub-divisions and the land use/ land cover.
We divided the region based on land use and land cover to start to analyze the various site conditions and regions that occupy inhabitants/ buildable/ developed spaces. We noticed the signage for different sub-divisions and started to document how land was being divided and segregated. More results to come next week.
DPZ architects and their research on transect design from"Lexicon for the New Urbanism" can be found here:
Brandon E. Young