EEM 04 - 04 - 2010

For this final segment on my design studio progress, I finalized a master plan of what fits my site and specific program best. I was challenged by Rod for this last remainder portion of the trip to study and diagram different ways that bus stations work. That is, to note and diagram the complexity of the circulation system, timing, and the way in which people inhabit and use the space. It is actually quite complicated getting busses in and out; without running into each other, congesting traffic, and ultimatly being able to turn around properly. Upon looking at precedents in Munich and in Austria, I began to develop a clearer understanding to how spatial layouts, movement paths and materials can play into a successful bus station circulation system. I noted from this precedent that there are several distinct principles that allow for successful bus circulation: a separated entry and exit paths, angled parking with a double lane for parking, and finally level materials so that busses are not confined to limits set by changes in pavement elevations. The intersection of City Center Road and Range line provides the opportunity for a roundabout. It was my thought that by using these principles of circulation, I could incorporate the roundabout as a direct way to filter the outgoing bus traffic away from the station. Combining the principles of level surfaces and angled parking, the bus circulation system in front of the station can be very successful. The first sketch is one diagrammatic concept showing the plan layout of how the Munich Bus Station functioned. The second is a plan view of how I will layout my bus circulation.

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