For this assignment, each student team documented and analyzed aspects of the natural and man-made environment in the MLK-Madison corridor. The assignment was accomplished in two parts. Part one was reconnaissance, research and documentation, in which the subject was investigated and documented graphically, quantitatively, or in text. Part two was a summary representation in which the illustration of the subject was abstracted to emphasize key findings. Each study topic was represented in general form for the region/city and in detailed form for the study area corridor.
Natural Form and Systems
Morphology and Typology
Land Use: Commercial - Retail, Entertainment, Office, Service, Other
Land Use: Residential
Land Use: Institutional, Industrial, Other
Movement and Circulation Systems: Auto-Mobility
Movement and Circulation Systems: Transit and Rail
Demographics and Social Indicators
The goal of this assignment was to have each student team document and analyze five neighborhoods of the MLK-Madison corridor to uncover the community framework that supports its livability. The chosen neighborhoods were situated in or around Camp Washington, De Sales Corner, Madisonville, Oakley, and O’Bryonville.
Knowledge of the community was acquired through reconnaissance, research, and documentation from primary and secondary sources for both quantitative and qualitative aspects. Findings were documented and presented in visual form as analysis (the findings themselves) and synthesis (the findings abstracted to emphasize key aspects).
Many models of analytical frameworks are available to structure the methodology of this work. For this exercise, the students borrowed the approach of William Morrish and Catherine Brown as described in Planning to Stay. This framework consists of five types of features found in neighborhoods and five organizing themes.
Homes and Gardens: The private and semi-private space and form of the house or “home” itself with its surrounding elements. This includes: dwelling density, building typology, lot sizes and geometry, age and condition, style, value, functionality, and use.
Community Streets: Public places for movement and interaction: This includes types, character, capacity, and use; its spatial network and character.
Neighborhood Niches: Places for neighborhood services. This includes types, character, location, functionality in support of community livability.
Anchoring Institutions: Places for social, cultural, or educational activities. This includes types, character, location, functionality in support of community livability.
Public Gardens: Places and elements that connect the community with natural systems. This includes parks but also references elements that might exist on private property such as topography, hydrology, and notable flora.
Five themes were used to further describe community features:
Location: Where is the feature in the neighborhood? Where is it on the site?
Scale: What is its size and proportion to other features?
Mix: How is the feature integrated with other features?
Time: When are the features used or present?
Movement: How accessible are the features to residents and to each other?
Camp Washington Poster 1 of 2
Camp Washington Poster 2 of 2
DeSales Corner Poster 1 of 2
DeSales Corner Poster 2 of 2
Madisonville Poster 1 of 2
Madisonville Poster 2 of 2
Oakley Poster 1 of 2
Oakley Poster 2 of 2
O'Bryonville Poster 1 of 2
O'Bryonville Poster 2 of 2
The goal of this assignment was to have each student document and analyze the MLK-Madison corridor through a prescribed set of theories and synthetic analytical functions.
Many models of analytical frameworks are available to structure the methodology of this work. For this exercise, the students borrowed the approach of Anne Vernez-Moudon as described in "A Catholic Approach to Organizing What Urban Designers Should Know." This framework consists of nine types of approaches to understanding the city.
Picturesque Studies: Visual Attributes of Cities
Image Studies: How People See and Understand Cities
Environmental-Behavior Studies: How People Perceive, Use, and Interact With the Built Environment
Place Studies: How People Perceive, Feel, Use, and Interact With Their Surroundings
Material Cultural Studies: The Object Qualities of the Cultural Landscape
Typology Morphology Studies: Processes and Products Related to City Building
Space-Morphology Studies: Attributes of Urban Space and its Geometries
Functional Studies: The Interrelationship of Processes and Functions of Cities
Social-Political Studies: Plans, Policies, and Power Structure
The purpose of this assignment was to promote interaction and sharing of perspective in understanding urban environments among urban planning, architecture, and engineering students.
Each interdisciplinary pair selected an intersection along the MLK-Madison corridor for observation and documentation using the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) method of urban planning analysis. One SWOT element was then detailed with an engineering methodology established for quantifying the observation and the intervention concept.
This interdisciplinary exercise grouped the students into teams (1 of 3 for the engineering students) so that they could examine the proposed changes to the Hopple Street interchange.
Several months ago, the Ohio Department of Transportation proposed a redesign of the Hopple Street exit from I-75. The proposed redesign drew criticism from local groups. As a result, the exit was resigned and in August 2008 when three possible redesigns were proposed.
The objective of this assignment was to understand the process by which the Hopple Street exit was designed and redesigned. They were asked to visit the Hopple Street exit at least 3 times - at morning rush hour, evening rush hour and at some off-peak time – so that they could identify the different traffic patterns and define the problem with the Hopple Street exit. These visits clarified the problem and influenced their solutions.
The engineers were asked to borrow the planner’s SWOT (strengthens, weakness, opportunities, and threats) analysis methodology in order to do this assignment. Then they needed to choose one of the options for the Hopple Street interchange redesign and apply it.
For this assignment, the engineering students were asked to pick one of the five alternatives under consideration by the City of Cincinnati for the Hopple Street interchange and built arguments for or against the design option. They either collected quantitative data or used models in order to measure and support their assumptions.