Week 11-13: Final Review and Report

The open house was a culmination of the studios effort throughout the semester. Posters of the key analysis were pinned up for a gallery walk through and a presentation was made to three external reviewers. Finally, a dialogue was facilitated to share feedback and input. The primary concern that emerged from the Tokyo trip was … Continue reading Week 11-13: Final Review and Report

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Week 10: Japan Workshop

Day 1: Site Visit On our first full day in Japan we took a charter bus from Tsukuba to our study site Urawa Misono to meet our partners at the Urban Design Center of Misono (UDCMi). To kick off the meeting our partners Okamoto-san (UDCMi), Yamagata-san (NIES and GCP) and Akito-san (University of Tokyo) gave … Continue reading Week 10: Japan Workshop

Week 9: Midterm Design & Analysis

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 … Continue reading Week 9: Midterm Design & Analysis

Week 7-8: Conceptual Design Phase II

Conceptual Design Group Now in Phase II of the conceptual design process, the CD team is working on streamlining the three initial design proposals into a final, combined Master Plan. Performance Modeling Group PM Energy Subgroup Last week we accomplished building performance modeling for office, residential and commercial uses and runoff calculations for Scenario II … Continue reading Week 7-8: Conceptual Design Phase II

Week 6: Narrowing our focus

Conceptual Design This week the Conceptual Design team concluded CD Phase I. Going forward into CD Phase II the group will be narrowing down schemes from three to two, establishing a set of values for each scheme and establishing road network organization. They will model basic geometry of a sample area on each scheme and … Continue reading Week 6: Narrowing our focus

Week 5: Conceptual Design I

Taking forward the goals and ideas that emerged from the charrette, this week the different teams consolidated their ideas into conceptual designs and methodologies. Our goals for the project are summarized in the table below.The Conceptual Design team The CD team translated the goals from the charrette into diagrams under the categories of Allocation, Organization … Continue reading Week 5: Conceptual Design I

Week 4: International Design Charrette

This week we took what we’ve learned so far to do a visioning workshop to come up with goals for our smart city site in Misono. First we participated in a gallery walk where we pinned up relevant case studies and proposals relevant to our specializations. Next we did a design charrette using the World … Continue reading Week 4: International Design Charrette