. . .  some  things  
as a  Student in Landscape Research
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T urlington     H all     U ser     A nalysis
  L O C A T I O N
  
The space for this is assignment is noted as being bordered by the Turlington Hall on the North and the West. To the South is the pedestrian / bicycle way that separates the space from the Engineering library. To the East is Newell Drive.
  
  F U N C T I O N
  
I believe that the original intent of this space was designed around the purpose for vehicular and pedestrian inter-access. Newell Drive at the edge of this space was once a major bus stop.
  
  C I R C U L A T I O N
  
Pedestrians move in an east west direction to the south, diagonally between the southwest and northeast, and they exit from Turlington hall in three locations on the North and West. A bicycle parking area blocks circulation from the south to the tip to the northeast diagonal.
  
  S U N / S H A D E  R E L A T I O N S H I P
  
In plan, this space has a somewhat triangular geometry, with the acute angle being located at the north. Turlington hall rises three stories to the west, therefore shade hits the northern end by mid afternoon. The oak canopies along newell drive keep the space shaded all morning so that the only direct sun exposure is in the range from around 11:00 am to about 4:00 pm.
  
  D E F I N I T I O N
  
This space is defined by the massing of Turlington Hall on the North and the West. Matching this mass are the sixty foot trees along Newell Drive, although permeable the trees do create a vertical buffer between this space and Newell Drive. To the South and into the next space is where the next buffer begins. Planters and small trees create a rhythmic edge that contains that space.
  
  P R I M A R Y  U S E  O F  S P A C E
  
The most predominate use of this space is related to pedestrian traffic. Since this is an area in which most students must either pass though or near, it is noted that the space serves various other functions, such as: snacking from vending machines or lunch carts, using rest rooms, accessibility to a wide variety of newspapers, socializing, and receiving information from booths that are set up on the perimeters of this space.
  
  B U I L D I N G    M A T E R I A L S
  
Building materials are consistent with the rest of the University. Brick, is used on both the siding and walk ways of the space. Shrubbery helps the transition from ground plane to the surrounding buildings. Even the sculpture 'Mr. Potato Head' a large rock helps to soften the area and adds a distinctive place for meeting someone.
  
  V E G A T A T I V E    Q U A L I T I E S
  
The surrounding edges of this space are landscaped with similar plants, all of which appear to be somewhat unhealthy. Along Newell Drive there are Dwarf Azaleas and Evergreen Giant Lirope both of which may be struggling due to the exhaust of nearby cars. Under the overhang of Turlington Hall are planters of Cast Irons that are dying from what appears to be lack of water. Ivy is abundant but has been pruned back to cover only the planted areas.
  
  G A T H E R I N G    A R E A S
  
Predominantly the walls along the east perimeter are the popular place to "hang out". The sculptor, provides a place for meeting, but during class changes, people do not stay there for very long.
  
  S E A T I N G    A R E A S
  
Again, the walls are at a good height for seating, but not all the walls are accessible. The sculptor has a nice bench and platform area in which is moderately comfortable. To the very north is an enclosed seating area that provides an intimate setting.
  
  L I G H T I N G
  
Lighting is extremely poor at night. Two flood lights off of Turlington Hall flood the main courtyard space, however the side spaces are extremely poorly lit.
  
  C O M F O R T A B I L I T Y
  
This space in comfortable only for a short time, probably as long as it take to be picked up or to meet someone. It is not like the business plaza in which persons could utilize a picnic table for studying all day. Mornings and late afternoons would be the most comfortable for spring and summer months, but during the winter, around noon for the warmth of the direct sunlight can be pleasant.
  
  S A F E T Y
  
This space is actually rather safe from crime only because of its central location and heavy pedestrian traffic. However, crime is not the only issue here, the space does rank poorly due to uneven pavements that pedestrians could trip over. The inter-action between bicycles, pedestrians, and vehicles are also of concern, since there is an extreme number present at the same time.
  
  M A I N T E N A N C E
  
Based upon observing the litter at the end of the day (5:00 pm), it is obvious that there are not enough trash cans. However there are trash cans present and visible, maybe if one was designated for newspaper recycling then persons may be inclined to use it. The plants are in poor condition, water, fertilizer would help. Bricks that were placed under the oak tree drip lines are popping up from root growth and in some places the bricks are missing entirely.
  
  C O N C L U S I O N
  
I think that the most critical aspect for a space of this type should be centered around easier maintainability. All the other aspects work quite well. The interaction between pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles should be addressed, but the impact is not that major in the actual spacial environment.
  
      
  
 

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