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Public Spaces possibilities and potentialities Picture Credits: www.cincinnatiusa.com

Assignment 02

Washington Park By Tejali Mangle & Zahraa Dabbach


Washington Park 1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Typology: Neighborhood Park Washington Park is one of the Largest Civic Parks located on Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood of Cincinnati, surrounded by West 12th, Race, and Elm

Streets. From 1858 to 1863, the place was a cemetery and was later acquired by the city. It was closed down

for almost 18 months for renovation. Cincinnati Park Board

and

Cincinnati

Centre

City

Development

Corporation (3CDC) finished renovation of the park in July 2012. The renovation included expansion of the

park from 6 Acres to 8 Acres as well as the construction of parking garage beneath the park accommodating

450 parking spots.

Credits: www.otrmatters.com


Picture credits: www.tripadvisor.com www.pinterest.com www.washingtonpark.org


Picture credits: www.tripadvisor.com www.pinterest.com www.washingtonpark.org


Empirical Observations COMFORT

(Qualitative) PEACEFUL


Empirical Observations PLEASURABILITY

(Qualitative)


Empirical Observations AGE GROUPS

TIME PERIOD


Empirical Observations INDVIDUALS V/S GROUPS

INTERACTION


Empirical Observations RULES

TIGHTNESS V/S LOOSENESS


Dominant Users BY AGE

BY RACE


Narratives • Mothers take nap while their kids play in the children park.

• Stranger helped a kid who

slipped off while playing in the water fountain.

• Sometimes the mothers in the children park become • A father with his little son helped the other kids on the merry-go-round. • A group of teenagers took over all the props in the Children’s play area making a couple of mothers hesitant to leave their children towards that side of the park and made sure to accompany them wherever they went.

controllers for that space. • One man sitting on a bench for

2 hours straight, doing nothing! • A man singing aloud on the civic

lawn with his drink. • A lady sitting alone on the steps

of the bandstand kept watching people silently and murmuring.


Evaluative Tool 5 measures to evaluate Washington Park: 1. Adaptability – How much is the place flexible to allow multiple activities? 2. Engageability - How much do people interact with each other in those spaces?

3. Plurality – Does it allow people from different ages, races and gender into the spaces and not only different activities?

4. Access – Is it comfortable/ easy to access the space? 5. Surveillance – what happens there or who controls that space?


Activities & Evaluation ZONE A ENGAGEABILITY ADAPTABILITY

SURVEILLANCE

PLURALITY

ACCESS


Activities & Evaluation ZONE B ENGAGEABILITY ADAPTABILITY

PLURALITY SURVEILLANCE

ACCESS


Activities & Evaluation ZONE C ENGAGEABILITY

ADAPTABILITY

SURVEILLANCE

PLURALITY

ACCESS


Activities & Evaluation ZONE D ADAPTABILITY

ENGAGEABILITY

PLURALITY

SURVEILLANCE

ACCESS


Activities & Evaluation ZONE E ADAPTABILITY ENGAGEABILITY

PLURALITY

SURVEILLANCE

ACCESS


Activities & Evaluation ZONE F ADAPTABILITY

ENGAGEABILITY

SURVEILLANCE PLURALITY

ACCESS


Evaluation ADAPTABILITY

ENGAGEABILITY

3.3 SURVEILLANCE

PLURALITY

ACCESS


Access & Ownership


Intersubjectivity Maximum

Frequent

Unplanned – Diverse Interactions

Unplanned Interactions - Events

Planned Interactions

Water Park

The Deck

Dog Park

Kids park

Civic lawn

The Greens


Critical-appraisal by Kevin Lynch’s measures

VITALITY 100/100

• Greenest civic park in the neighbourhood • Fresh Air

• Clean

• Simple geometrical sense

SENSE 80/100

• Melodic in Nature • Emotional security • Visual sense


Critical-appraisal by Kevin Lynch’s measures

FIT 60/100

• Because people need it • Comfort

• Form and Pattern

• Legal accessibility more than 70%

ACCESS 70/100

• Visible accessibility less than 70% • Transit connect • Spaces and connections


Critical-appraisal by Kevin Lynch’s measures

CONTROL 50/100

• Legally 3CDC controlled • Controlled by people in most of the spaces

• Security - moderate

• High maintenance

EFFICIENCY 80/100

• More the events, higher the maintenance


Critical-appraisal by Kevin Lynch’s measures

JUSTICE 70/100

• The tightness and looseness of spaces have limitations • Balance amongst users.

• Power and control


Critical-appraisal by Kevin Lynch’s measures

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