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Landscape Architecture

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
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
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
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
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
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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 Assessment: Site Overview
1. Parking is minimal and helps you feel close to the
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
Symmetrical Balance
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
The entrance space is wide and tall, about 12’ tall
by 15’ wide. It is comfortable without being
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
plant textures. The differences in fine to course
textures create pleasant variety in the planting
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
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
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.
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
side of the site causes you to move in front of the
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
Mobile Heaters
Wayfinding Signs
Buffer from adjacent neighbors
A large outdoor picnic area to include the
Case Study Assessment: Suggested Improvements
1. The site could benefit from including some kind of
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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