Context and Site Analysis.

This detailed information will inform your approach to the urban and building design process. Specific data for the site is crucial for the base knowledge to be integrated into your site master plans and individual programs in order to address modern ecological and social concerns. Historical analysis and analysis of existing conditions will help inform the class on how to proceed with developing strategies for a design response. The critical components include environmental facts, studies of movement, landscape conditions, human and architectural history, zoning and typological studies of context.

Environmental analysis: for example annual temperatures, rainfall, sunny cloudy days, humidity, wind, solar elevations, soils and other environmental analysis of previous conditions. Click Group 1 or Group 2 to see the examples.

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. Click Group 1 or Group 2 to see the examples.

Cultural significance: studying the people and the lifestyle of Barcelonan culture. Traditions, folklore, festivities, landmarks, relations to the rest of Spain. Click Group 1 or Group 2 to see the examples.

Landscape issues: for example 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. Swedish landscape architects and historic landscapes. Click Group 1 to see the example.

Historical significance: studying the Barcelonan, Catalan and Spanish place in world history. Include most significative modern and contemporary buildings, their visual aesthetic qualities, sustainable, spatial relationships for Spanish, particularly Barcelonan, architecture and construction. Click Group 1 or Group 2 to see the examples.

Driving/transit studies and pedestrian/bicycle studies: for example times involved, connections points, distances traveled, services provided and accessibility. Click Group 1 to see the example.