Monterrey, Mexico

This is the second site option for ARC 435 Library project. 

Information will be added throughout the semester as the assignments are completed.

Below the site was studied in groups. Each assignment helps the student to understand the site better, and will then help them in the end to complete there final design project.


A1 Context and Site Analysis 

Environmental Analysis: This is the Atmospheric and nature examination, for example annual temperatures, rainfall, sunny cloudy days, humidity, wind, solar elevations, soils and other environmental analysis. Click here to view.

Figure-Ground Studies: That can be shared and used by the entire class throughout the semester to minimally include: roads/parking to area, pedestrian walkways, building to open land, building to roads. These should be presented in both white to black and black to white studies. Zoning, land usage: of site model area and larger context. 

Social + Cultural Significance: We need specific aspects like the food, the clothing, the behavior, traditions, festivities, sports, religion and traditions of the people. Click here to view.

Landscape Issues: Parks and green areas, landscape architects, existing and historical topo’s, existing and historical landscape and site conditions such as utilities, vistas, site lines, rivers, vegetation, natural conditions and any previous hazardous use. 

Historical Significance: Not only buildings but the history of the place. Click here to view.

Architectural Specifics: What materials, construction techniques, existing/historical building materials/resources, visual qualities, sustainable, spatial relationships for architecture and construction. Click here to view. 

Driving/Transit Studies: For example times involved, connections points, distances traveled, services provided, street widths, intersections, traffic controls, parking. 

Pedestrian/Bicycle Studies: For example sidewalk widths, bicycle lanes, safety controls, times involved, connections points, distances traveled, services provided and accessibility (universal design). Click here to view.

Site Ecology: How the development of the site responds to its ecological context, including the watershed, and air and water quality at different scales from local to regional level. How the development of the site and buildings contribute to environmental quality. How the design accommodates wildlife habitat preservation and creation. Click here to view.

Site Ecology: How the design protects or creates on-site ecosystems. How the design responds to local development density or conditions? How the design encourages local food networks