Fall 2014

This physical planning and urban design studio will focus on urban form and built environments creation. It will examine the evolving urban spaces and built environments and the way that cities can be designed and developed. Urban Design is the art of creating urban spaces, which usually involves the arrangement of buildings, public spaces, transport system, and others.  Through successful physical planning and space creation, urban designers give form, shape, and character to group of buildings, to neighborhoods, and to cities.
This studio will meet twice a week on every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5pm. Students will form teams and work on one semester-long water front redesign project. The project site will be the Austin South Central Water Front, which is mainly characterized by the City of Austin as an area with inadequate public access and limited public green space along the shoreline; parking lots and aging auto-oriented development; “superblocks” that impede pedestrian access to the waterfront; outdated and inadequate infrastructure for addressing water quality; and poor mobility connections. The design goal is to redesign this waterfront area into a thriving 24-hour mixed use community that reinforces and enhances the connection with surrounding neighborhoods. Creating a vital and low-energy consumption community will be at the heart of our exploration. Of particular importance will be the role of waterfront open space as a community asset in terms of providing places to gather and as critical components in restoring environmental systems in and around the project site.
Through the class, urban design, urban form, and built environments theories will be introduced along the design process. Different digital software programs and their applications in physical planning and urban design will be demonstrated as well. 


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