Third Iteration | Transect in Section

In this iteration of analysis, the transect is viewed in section, which allowed for it to be analyzed with respect topographical differences. This type of analysis provides a stronger understanding of open space within the transect, and shows how land use and cover has been greatly influenced by the topography of an area. It also shows a linear understanding of the site, revealing possibilities and potential for the connection of current and possible open spaces across the site. 

Second Iteration | Transect as layers

In this iteration, the transect is graphically represented as a hierarchy of layers. The hierarchy has been determined by the potential for reimagining the area as an open space. Through analysis of the site, it is evident that the river which runs through the center of the transect, acts as the spine of the region. Historically, industry claimed this space for a variety of reasons, but the need for industry to be located on the water has since lessened, and a change in priority for land use on the  waterfront has occurred. Because of this, this industrial area surrounding the river and its branches (outlined in blue) can be seen as the highest in hierarchy of open space. Below it, on the second level, is a layer of existing vegetation. This land cover, which is a more traditional interpretation of open space, occurs in parks and gorges, following roughly the same pattern as the industry along the river. The third layer down is the base map, and the layer below is the existing residential streets. These paved corridors have been dropped down so the emergent open space can be visualized above. 

Initial Mapping | Transect Land Use and Land Cover

The initial mapping for this phase of the project involved a diagrammatic mapping of land use and land cover. A predictable, yet interesting trend appeared. When overlaying the mappings of land cover and land use, in most cases a strong correlation occurred between what the land was being used for, and the materiality that occurred on the site. For example, industrial areas are primarily gravel, park areas are primarily vegetated, and so on. Although this seems like a pretty elementary concept, it opened up the conversation to begin to look at mixing up the notions of "open space." What if an abandoned industrial park could become a space for public use. What if we rethink the traditional uses to create new possibilities with land cover?

Below are images of land use and land cover. This particular transect has an interesting diversity of land uses and covers, which have developed as a result of the natural landscape (physical geography), and also as a result of historic industrial development along the river and its branches.


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