For the Midterm Report and Presentation the CD team combined the three initial design proposals into a new design, which they later titled the Two Parks Proposal. This proposal concentrated density around the station and dispersed around two other neighborhoods. The agriculture areas intertwine with the urban parks. The organic nature of the Japanese garden is the central theme of the midterm design.
The Energy PM team analyzed CD’s midterm design and came to the following conclusions. Overall only 16.5% of the total energy required can be produced through rooftop solar panels yearly. Only 30% of the water required for consumption can be collected on site. Seasonality of rainfall limits continuous supply. Only 9.6% of the fruits and vegetables required for consumption can be harvested through conventional agricultural methods. Moving forward, the team will be focusing on improving the individual performance.
The Mobility PM team modeled four strategies to embody their goals: 1) Density near-station areas to accommodate 40~50% of the population; Pedestrian-only zone along the major pedestrian corridors with attractive green space; Smaller grid and street-friendly building uses on the street level; and Vehicular network designed with the most efficient use of autonomous + electrical cars in mind. The final outcome projected a better health outcomes from improved air quality and more physical activity, greater social capital and healthier community, improved safety from crime due to more ‘eyes on the street’ and a vibrant local economy. Moving forward the team will aim to further improve upon their goals.
The smart city and IoT group proposed interventions based on the land use type. The technology installed will interact with its users based upon the surrounding land use. The different typologies identified are the central node, commercial, recreational, residential and non-typology. These will then combine in different ways to create unique spaces and experiences.
Our next step is to present our ideas to our partners and other stakeholders in Japan. Our onsite observation and interaction will inform our next stage of design iteration. Our complete report can be accessed through the following link: Midterm Report FINAL(1)