Urban Studies

Assigned projects will involve research, analysis, and critiques of different elements of urban design. Use a combination of graphics and text to complete these assignments. Photographs, maps, and drawings will greatly enhance the analysis. Drawings may be simple diagrams, made by hand or with a graphics program. Photographs of the site being analyzed or of similar urban design elements from other cities or campuses can help illustrate points of success or methods to improve the design. There is no required length for these projects – provide as much text and as many graphics as you need.
Paper 1: Streetscape analysis. Select a street on campus or in the Tempe/Phoenix area that embodies several of the characteristics of a great street. What makes the street great? Discuss the elements that make up the streetscape and how they contribute to the image and success of the street. Then select a street that is not so great. Discuss which elements and qualities are missing. How could this street be improved?

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