PART 6: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING, BUILDING COMMUNITY PROJECT.
Finalized Vision of place
The Domain Projection enhances the daily experience for students frequenting South Campus. The experience coming too and from class should be full of life and excitement not only on the interior of campus buildings, but on the exterior as well. With some shifts of awkward circulation on the sidewalk that connects to the domain on campus drive, a new found social area is revitalized. By pushing the dynamic movement to the street side and using that factor to insulate the coffee tables placed on the outside of the business fronts, a new location is born. This space will incorporate comfortable tables and seating for study work and lunch, as well as vegetation for a sustainable and visual enhancement. People will utilize this space after grabbing lunch at the local shops, to sit and eat or simply meet with a friend on a wonderful sunny day. The goal is to provide a great space for social interaction without any major changes. With some simple sustainable implementations of a vertical garden and solar powered a lamps, a sense of inspiration is achieved for those who pass by or spend time in this new local area on campus.
Incorporating my fellow peers advise into my blog lead me to address the visual experience throughout my blog post. It was a common theme in my comments and I now realize how essential a good layout is to the success of a project. The audience must be kept in mind and addressed in order for the project to gain necessary attention. The technique of marketing your ideas is just as prominent as the actual idea. This blog posts creates an inviting and clear visual layout for all audiences understanding.
This image accurately depicts how the relationship between a building and its sidewalk should be interactive. This sketch represents the same layout that my site has within its building shape, and wrapped sidewalk. As seen in the picture, the dynamic circulation flows with business front, to cafe tables to circulation to road. The Domain Projection achieves this same ritual of space, which will improve its current design of having the walkway circulation against the building and the hangout area directly next to the street.
This upclose representative sketch informs the circulatory layout as well as hints at details that align for the vision of my space. Subtle small coffee tables grouped together in massing and some sort of overheard protection such as an umbrella will be socially inviting to its users. The details on the awning and the mintature balconies communicate to the aesthetic of the design as a whole.
The design of a vertical garden allows the site to incorporate vegetation into a design with limited space. Towards the bottom right corner you will see people gathered around next to the vertical garden. This is how I envision the experience of The Domain Projection to be.
When it comes to a successful design made for people to socialize in, the materiality of implemented objects is everything. It is the factor that creates the aesthetic appeal and vibe to a place that differentiates it from somewhere else more dreary. I envision the collision of stone brick wood and nature to come together in my site. With the building’s masonry materiality and the sidewalks brick and concrete use. The materials all work together constantly adding more vegetation will enhance it.
Adding small solar panels and embedding them in natural looking places will not take away from the design. It will enhance the purpose of remaking the space into something socially usable. Using solar paneled lamps will encourage those who pass by to keep in mind living a green lifestyle.
Propose a plan to implement your vision
The Student Facility Fund will need to approve this project in order for construction to launch. Luckily this organization makes it feasible attainable to achieve our innovative goals. They cater to the student body of umd and have designed their site so that it is easily navigable, to figure out how the proposal process works .With their approval, they will produce sufficient funds to the project. The student advisory subcommittee is specifically responsible for recognizing your design proposal and approving it. People of this group will essentially vote to see if your idea is worthy or not of its creation and funding. A range of Undergraduate students that hold different positions in the organization as well as staff positions will make the decision. More information on the exact process can be found in the link below.
The Student Facility Fund aims for student supported projects that make improvements to UMD’s facilities come to life. With my presentation of a well thought out design concept for the Domain’s sidewalk intersection with campus drive, I will gain the needed approval from the SGA to make my project too, come to life. The Domain Projection will be proposed to the SGA here at The University of Maryland. Taking the necessary steps to essentially market the idea to the organization will earn its attention. Once approved, the Student Facilities Fund will cover the bulk of the funding for this community enhancement.
Along with the SGA student facilities fund help, other ways to attain funding will always be beneficial to the construction of this design. This includes simply handing out brochures at career fairs and more.
The construction of this site will be minimally invasive to its surroundings. With just a few adjustments to light, furniture and vegetation, a sustainable process will be persistent throughout. Lights installed for when daylight doesn’t reach the area will be solar powered with solar panels. Vertical gardens dispersed throughout the design will filter toxins out of the air coming directly off the street. Lastly, furniture installed will be 100% recycled from antique stores. An occasional upkeep by the businesses to either water or clean the necessary vertical gardens and cafe tables will really be the only long term maintenance. Every so often trained professional will need to adjust solar panels to meet proper codes for use.
Proposal brochures will be handed out, and posted around campus to plant the initial idea within the community. Positive feedback from this, along with a strong presentation of schematic and conceptual design will convince the SGA to make The Domain Projection come to life. See Brochure below.
Fair housing act correlates to my design scheme in many ways. The idea behind equity and fairness is to spread the good of a socially developed place to all. The more projects like this take place in and around college park, the more the area improves and people will want to move into the neighborhood. Sustainability within the existing environment is a key factor when discussing removing something that already exists. With the implementation of some design shifts, processes that keep what exists is vital to our environment as well as citizens pockets. Taking the flint incident with the lead water into consideration, it is clear that neighborhoods do not all get the same treatment not just socially but also within their health.
I’d like to discuss simple placemaking, which i touched on in part one briefly. It is evident that little placemaking projects can go a long way with drastically improving the city. Taking something like time square for a day can produce such great results and news feed for placemaking. Placemaking is sustainable and will eventually save and enhance our cities and more people should be educated on it!
The most successful way to insure fair sustainable living rights to everyone is for the local governments to get extremely involved. The federal government never has and probably will not pay attention anytime soon. It is up to the local governments to educate people on the matter and make a change!