Very good work already on the projects and urban qualities lists. I like the directions! Work with each other. Use the ideas from the readings for guidance.

Start thinking about design qualities a to support but don’t design yet:

– consider qualities /  indicators to measure. ANALYSIS first. Great work with Ladybug. See Betty Lou’s list.

– observe qualities and materials

– how do we measure these urban qualities ? What rating method? Is there a phenomena to measure and sensor?

1) More external contribution

Jesus Arcos will talk about the work of Aldayjover next week via an office tour. We will also have Deni Ruggeri join us soon there after. He previously taught at the UO Department of Landscape Architecture and now teaches and is the department head at NNTU in Oslo. Dan Anthony of NBBJ will join later about sensor prototypes week 7 and he will fold in remotely during the program. Others will join us at reviews. Continue to sketch in your notebooks, design, analyze, catalog / photograph urban furniture and materials. This will complement the site visits and other work we are doing.

2)  Mapping

Betty Lou does a great job. We should make the very best use of this assistance.  The grasshopper file on the Google Drive is the first map.  It is more import that you focus on the method and visual communication as a tool of urban analysis and design. You will continue to adjust your urban characteristic indicators in Barcelona and Granada.  **The very questioning of the urban design characteristics, fine tuning it, asking how to consistently record it, is it applicable, etc, is providing you an awareness of the external conditions that affect your project.  Your data collection is primary.  This is not easy but very valuable.  The questions are wonderful.




3. Weekend locations – Urban Qualities to Indicator Data Acquisition Inquiry



Spiritual Livable Space

– One photo that best expresses each quality (to Google Drive Space + Post) Name the quality in the file_Material. (Zoom as much as possible).



THESIS TITLE (two words)

PRIMARY Categories

Secondary Categories


Test Indicators


(better with vectors!)


5.4.  Neighborhood Scale Diagrams (1-2):  Name of Neighborhood

– Communicate the perception of your urban experience and highlight the four spaces we passed through. (You can do this in Elk when trace your plazas).


5.5.   Plazas

5.5.1    Measure 2-3 qualities/indicators for two small to modest plazas (“places”) per group.

5.5.2.   Digitize your data inputting values by hand to Google Doc to CSV

5.5.3.  Redraw by hand your plazas developing a visual language for your data values (ex. Circle diameter , line thickness, line length, etc.) Include a legend.

5.5.4.  Data 1:  Map indicator, coding   abstract diagram for each indicator and space.

  • Digitize (photograph and Photoshop) your diagrams drawn in the space…upload separately. Add swatches of material photos.
  • Grasshopper GIS VIZ TOOL digital drawing of hand drawings. +Add a small abstract diagram of the outline and emergent pattern ++Begin an icon per quality. +++TRY A DIFFERENT VISUAL LANGUAGE PER QUALITY/INDICATOR (see post Berkeley, MIT, GSD)
  • Add data-gathering notes for each plaza: a) limits / challenges, b) observations and c) speculative findings / assertions.

5.5.5.  Data 2 (ibid)

5.5.6.  Data 3 (ibid)

5.5.7.  Data 4 (ibid)



Above: add more detail, line vectors instead of fills, does not have to be circles





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