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New Development Models for the Corridor

This study on "place" has uncovered several sites in which there is a problem with the organization of buildings and space ("urban fabric") along the MLK-Madison corridor. The "Go Cincinnati" report has suggested using several new development types, such as "driveable suburban office buildings," in certain parts of the corridor to attract investment.

"Regionally, there existed a spatial void between urban Madisonville and urban Oakley (Ridge Road to Red Bank Expressway); this area had undergone several distinct changes which had very clear patterns and harsh effects on the area." With this in mind, the student borrowed two primary theories as a basis for his study on the site and conceptualization. First, Rem Koolhaas’s study on spatial volumes of development from his work in Malaysia revealed an understanding of basic structural typologies (office, residential, commercial) and the capacity of sites. The second was the Sphere of Influence theory which studies capacity and uses typologies in which each sphere is assigned a primary use (residential, commercial, transitional as brown, blue, pink) and design recommendations are made based on the remaining spatial capacity of the sphere.

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