EEM 02 - 21 - 2010

In our charette this past week, we continued to work on our projects and developed ideas for "Part B" (fun design ideas) and "Part C" (3 main ideas for our project.) Before I began my three main ideas, I took inspiration from the site analysis and urban planning we saw in Abu Dhabi and in Singapore. I started by taking a detailed look at my site as it related to a larger, urban scale to identify how the space needed to function on different levels. My hometown project is located on a site in downtown Carmel off of Rangeline Rd. To the north, there are abandoned and unused industrial warehouses and buildings, while across the street due south is a large new multi-use building complex called "City Center." My mass transit bus system will function as a way to bring the outer sanctum into the inner sanctum; each neighborhood and node where the stops are located will function as identifying elements towards that specific part of the city. The main "hub" of activity (the primary site) will be the main station located across the street from the city center and within walking distance from the Main St. of downtown. When analyzing the site, I came up with different ideas and diagrams of the way in which this site needed to function and connect certain elements in the downtown area. As observed from several precedents, mass transit stations never function alone; they're generally surrounded by a plaza or public meeting area. It is important that the site be sensitive to the scale of the buildings around it; the city center is very obtrusive and there is no buffer between the 3 story downtown shops and warehouses and the center's 8 stories. Approachability was also a concept that I began to play off of. I used the idea of a roundabout plaza to then filter into a larger plaza space then the mass transit system. I also began looking at ways in which the landscape could connect certain elements or help accentuate the area between the existing buildings on site. The plaza/bus station needs to function in three main ways: to bring the bike traffic from the monon to the city center, to filter in the pedestrian traffic and create a meeting place in the downtown area, and also to act as an anchor between the city center and the high school/arts district so that bicyclists, pedestrians, busses and automotive traffic can all function in a hybrid. The following pictures show the site analysis and the relation of the site to the overall context. The other is a part of "Part C" that I am thinking about for the approachability of the site and how the roundabout can function as a transitional element between the City Center and the site.

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