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6 Ways to Skin a Site Analysis…

Posted By on 6 April 2013 in analysis, technical skills |

6 Ways to Skin a Site Analysis…

The first step(s) to any solid design is analysis. It’s essential to identify current site conditions, assets, uses, etc in order to inform and deliver the most fitting design. Analysis comes in the form of site visits used for sketching, photographing, and getting a feel for the sights, smells, and character of a site; technical GIS analysis of a site’s soils, topography, hydrology, demographics, etc; sun-shade analyses; on-site soil testing and surveying; online research; and even talking to folks who know or live in the area!

Check out some samples of analysis techniques (like stormwater assessment and calculations, “site analysis scrapbook” creation, sun-shade analyses, and ArcGIS) I use to gather information about a site and it’s surrounding context before I sit down to design:

 

1. measurements + calculations

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2. Computer-simulated Conditions analysis

Sun-shade Analysis Using SketchUp:

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3. Ode to ArcGIS

CITY OF YPSILANTI, MI GREENWAY ANALYSIS MAPS:

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MUD LAKE BOG SITE ANALYSIS MAPS:

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BIOLOGICAL STATION ANALYSIS MAPS:

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4. Physical + Photographic Analyses

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5. Diagramatic Graphics

SiteAnalysis

 

LA_site analyses

 

DETROIT MAP

 

 

6. ScrapbookSiteContextMap

 

Location_Culture

 

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SigFeatures

 

PopDensity_TransitPlan

 

RacialDiv_PopChange

 

Vacancy_RentalInfo

 

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There are plenty of ways to skin a site analysis!