Process Reminder– • • • • Case S tudy S napshot D esign A ssessment Y ou are to complete this project I N D I V I D U A L L Y . Carefully read and follow the steps below: I dentify 3 separate locations you can access from wherever you are that contain a sufficient level of complexity in their design to impact your personal experience of the place. T his means these spaces are frequently used and the design somehow affects that use. T ake at least 1 photograph of you at each of the sites to include in your final submission. F rom your 3 locations, select 1 case study site you felt was most interesting, engaging, or complex from a design standpoint. E xplore the selected site extensively and take note of the design concepts that we covered in class, such as: • • • • • • design elements and principles (color, line, form, texture, plane, rhythm, repetition, scale, balance, unity, etc.) degrees and types of enclosure behavioral aspects of design physiological, and sociological aspects of design existing site attributes assess the features and attributes of the physical location, design, construction, materials, maintenance, etc. • • • T ake a series of at least 5 photographs that capture your experience in the case study site and allow you to support and explain the design concepts you see included within the site. U sing the knowledge you have gained from the course readings, lectures, videos, and events, thoroughly analyze the site to explain what design features make the site successful for you and others. U se the language, terms, and references you have learned from this class to explain your assessment. F or your selected case study site provide a series of at least 3-5 substantive design or program recommendations that could be implemented to improve or enhance the site. W rite at least a paragraph for each design recommendation using the language, terms, and references you have learned from this class to explain your proposal. Submission Reminder– • Y our submission must be a multi-page P D F document uploaded to Canvas. Case S tudy S napshot D esign A ssessment • S ubmission Criterion: • T he first page is considered a cover page and must contain your name, and A#. S ubsequent pages should include: • • A page of photographs and text for each of the 3 separate sites you studied that provide an overview of the location, use, qualities of each site, and a description of why you selected each site. I nclude the photograph of yourself at the site on each page. A google image showing the site from above can also be used to help explain your sites. • A series of pages that record the detailed assessment of your case study site. T hese pages should be used to fulfill the requirements listed in the process steps 3-5 above. U se text, diagrams, photos, your sketches, precedents, etc. to clearly document and explain your findings. Note: Y our assessment of each space needs to go beyond your personal opinion and aesthetic tastes and draw upon the principles, theories, and information learned throughout the semester. • • A series of pages that explain what improvements you believe could be made to your case study site to strengthen both the unsuccessful and successful attributes of your selected space. U se lessons learned in class to qualify your suggestions. Y our recommendations must be clarified using written explanations, diagrams or drawings that help communicate your ideas or examples (precedents) of other like-type spaces that are successful. T hese pages should be used to fulfill the requirements listed in the process step 6 above. Make sure you use complete sentences, correct grammar, spelling, and cite any images, or materials not your own. U se whatever digital program you like to assemble your text, images, etc. into a well formatted, clear, and engaging final P D F submission. P lease note, you will be graded on your successful completion of each of the requirements detailed above. P lease read them carefully and follow the requirements. T he point distribution is outlined in the grading rubric for this assignment. Case Study Snapshot Design Assessment Sample Please note: this is intended only to provide basic guidance on the assignment and help you see an example of how your assignment can be completed. Please use your own insights and creativity to explain your assessment of the design of your own site. Case Study Snapshot Design Assessment J ohn L A E P D oe A 0000000 3 STUDY SITES 1 USU Quad ● I chose the USU Quad because is it central to the historic part of campus. Many important activities have occurred on the Quad and it is my favorite spot on campus. ● The Quad was included in the original plan for USU and is surrounded by historic academic buildings on three sides and the new modern Agricultural Building on the east side. ● From the Quad, you can see the Wellsville Mountains to the west and the Wasatch Mountains to the east. ● It is a great open space that allows for all kinds of activities This a picture of John Doe at the site ● I chose the amphitheater on USU’s Old Main Hill because of significance of activities that have and can happen here. ● The amphitheater is located on the southwest side of Old Main Hill. It is in a position of prominence that provides amazing views to the south end of Cache Valley and partial views of downtown Logan ● The amphitheater is poor to moderate condition. It needs renovation and improvements. This a picture of John Doe at the site 2 Amphitheater on Old Main Hill ● I chose Crumb Brothers Bakery in Logan because it is a great place to eat, buy bakery goods, and socialize. ● Crumb Brothers is located on the corner of 300 South and 300 West in Logan. It is near Logan High School, the Greenhouse Nursery, and Design West Architects. It is easily accessible from all directions. ● The landscape surrounding the building is different than most other landscapes because it has no lawn, so it has a different feeling about it. ● According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the bakery started in 2004, and has been a popular destination in Logan ever since. This a picture of John Doe at the site 3 Crumb Brothers Bakery, Logan, UT CASE STUDY SITE: CRUMB BROTHERS BAKERY Case Study Assessment: Site Overview 1. Parking is minimal and helps you feel close to the 2. 3. 1 3 2 5. 5 4 5 5 4. 6 6. 7. building as soon as you arrive. The main entrance is large and easy to identify There is a clear path from the sidewalk to the main entrance The deliveries and utility areas are located far away from the outdoor dining so you don’t notice that this a bakery and a café housed together There are a variety of different seating areas located on the east side. The landscape provides a buffer from the road noise. It helps create a pleasant experience as people sit to eat. The site looks to incorporate the 7 grading principles well. It appears that the building design helped with grading principle 4- The plan should attempt to keep the new grading as close to the existing grading as possible. Case Study Assessment: Entrance 1. The parking lot in front of the building is asphalt. It 2. 2 3. 4 1 Symmetrical Balance 4. 3 is sloped away from the building so storm water from the parking area is not drained into the building. The main entrance is emphasized as a focal point by its scale and it is also symmetrically balanced in the building. Lines are used to guide your eyes to the entrance. The entrance space is wide and tall, about 12’ tall by 15’ wide. It is comfortable without being imposing. There are no steps into or out of the building. This helps make the business more universally accessible. The entrance and grounds are legible and easy to navigate for everyone as explained by Dr. Keith Christensen when he lectured about universal design. Case Study Assessment: Layers & Texture 1. The design incorporates a variety of different 2 1 4 2. 3. 3 4. plant textures. The differences in fine to course textures create pleasant variety in the planting design The design also uses a series of different vertical layers to help make the space feel inviting and is a nice balance of complexity in layers with simplicity in plant materials. There are only a few ground materials used which makes it very unified. The design uses ground plane material changes to indicate implied space even without changing the degree of enclosure. Case Study Assessment: Comfortable Spaces 1. This eating area is scaled for just one table, and it 2. 4 3 3. 1 4. 2 5. is separated from the larger gathering area. The scale is created by the low wall which creates the space, and then the plantings that reinforce the space. The design uses squares and rectangles throughout in order to create a sense of unity in the design. This landscape reflects the building architecture through the forms and the materials used. There is also a strong indoor-outdoor relationship created with eating patio near the building. The landscape is graded into a mound to provide a buffer from the road. The mound is also planted to further screen the outdoor eating. Umbrellas are also provided in the summer so that the climate can be controlled on hot days. Case Study Assessment: Eating Areas 1. The design allows for a variety of spaces and uses. 2. 4 3 2 3. 4. 5 5. This area is near the parking area and allows for public to come into the site but not be part of the dining area. The curvilinear forms make if feel an oasis and less of a walking path. All of the public areas are located on the north and east side of the building. I think it is to allow people here in the morning to have a pleasant dining experience because the sun rises in the east. The bakery is not open for dinner, so the west side of the building is not programed for sunset dining. Lighting is provided to help people feel safe moving through this area at night when the bakery is closed. There is a nice separation (fence and landscape) between the roadway and the sideway. The furniture and architecture reflect the surrounding area and make it feel like it belongs. Case Study Assessment: Movement 1. The lines and plane of the sidewalk on the east 2. 3 2 4 3. 1 4. 5. side of the site causes you to move in front of the site. Although hard to see in the winter there is a variety of colors in the landscape even this late in the season. I have visited here in the spring and there are many colors of flowers and shrubs in bloom all year round. The trees along the arrival to the main entrance are the same species, size, and spaced evenly to create a repetitive pattern. This is emphasized further in the repetition of the fence posts. The lines of the path are repeated in the benches, creating unity in the design. The vertical lines of the light poles create vertical interest to the site. Case Study Assessment: Suggested Improvements 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Artwork Mobile Heaters Wayfinding Signs Buffer from adjacent neighbors A large outdoor picnic area to include the neighborhood Case Study Assessment: Suggested Improvements 1. The site could benefit from including some kind of 2. 1 Image Credit: www.lamplus.com 2 Image Credit: trendier.com/outdoorspace-heaters/ naturalistic art piece that creates a focal point near the dining areas. This could inspire people to spend more time in the space and give them something to think and talk about. The quiet sound of water could also diffuse the road noise in the area. Despite capturing solar energy on the dining patio, it can be cold in the outdoor eating space in the winter. Including some space heaters would help with the physiological comfort on the site and could be removed during other seasons when the sun is up early and warms the space adequately for a comfortable experience. Case Study Assessment: Suggested Improvements 3. When arriving to the site from the North it is easy to miss the parking lot area. I think adding some signage near the parking area would really help so people don’t miss it. The signs should reflect the wooden beams and metal that is seen in the architecture. Case Study Assessment: Suggested Improvements 4. The former factory to the west of the site has recently been converted into lofts. Creating a planted buffer that can help to buffer the loading and unloading that happens on the west side of the building would help to limit disturbances and conflicts with the neighbors. Case Study Assessment: Suggested Improvements 5. Creating a picnic area on the west side of the building would create a place for the neighborhood to interact and the business could host large outside events.