THESIS ECOLOGY ECOLOGICAL HYPOTHESIS URBAN ECOLOGY IDEOLOGY RATIONALIZATION OF ECOLOGY PROJECTS OF RELEVANCE THESIS RESEARCH SITE CONTEXT SITES INVESTIGATIONS SITE SELECTION ADDITIONAL SITE INFORMATION THESIS DESIGN PRELIMINARY DESIGN SCHEME DESIGN PLANS SECTION ELEVATIONS RENDERINGS POST DESIGN ANALYSIS
CHAPTER 1 THESIS ECOLOGY
Many cities throughout the United States are car centric. This has be proven to decrease the quality of life for residents in the cities, and further increases our impact on the environment. Zooming further out and looking at the culture of cities that where developed before the car, they still maintain the walkablity and small local market, like there original design. Some cities that have become car centric have made the conversion, such as Copenhagen, Germany, which actual has to monitor its bike traffic, but the model for there integration came from Amsterdam. The city of Amsterdam is clearly a car-less city, in which despite the social class most ride bikes. The simplicity of the bike for transportation and set in a urban context that supports this mode of transportation. Cities like Atlanta are just understanding the importance of these easy of transportation, and the building of the Belt-Line will increase these efforts, but there is more to just the Belt-Line. How can a cycling and urban farming improve the impact of the Belt-Line and be implemented as a hub towards a less oil depended community? The bicycle represents the perfect mesh of man and machine, offering affordable transportation that most anyone can enjoy. Since the Belt-Line is on shallow grade development, cycling also serves as a easy way to move about. By implementing this ideology into a ecological systems like the Belt-Line, the bicycle will increase means of travel. This will be obtained by identify strategic points on the Belt-Line, and creating a hub for all ranges of cyclist. Since the cycling culture does not represent just one specific group of people many needs will need to be met. Also identifying a site that would support a urban farm, which also serves as a market. My thesis will identify how a small implementations into a big system can change the current state of a city. The hub will represent a move towards a less oil depended city using cycling and urban farm as the ecological implementations to link the Belt-Line to the citizens of Atlanta. This is urban ecology.
URBAN ECOLOGY IDEOLOGY:
The City of Atlanta is a predominantly car controlled city, with more focus on driving and not on alternative modes of transportation. Citizens of Atlanta have very few choices in alternative modes of transportation and without an organized system for travel Atlanta is heavily depended on oil and the car. Furthermore, the city lacks an easy means of obtaining food without the use of the car. Urban farming not only would decreases the amount of transportations of food but also the need for Atlanta residents to drive to get food.
Ecology as define by three different sources, such as Ecological Urbanisum, the Three Ecology, and Abunance.
The highly publicized Belt-Line will provide a critical link in Atlantaâ€™s move towards alternative modes of transportation and could drastically improve the quality of life for the citizens of Atlanta. The kink in the link is the BeltLine lacks plans for a hub, that supports biking, and urban farming. Like a ecological system, if one aspect is imbalanced or negligent the system does not function properly, resulting in the extinction.
Program ideas for bike portion:
Also Notiable precendents from Carrot City Define the idea of hub and how this relates to cycling and architecture. How deos cycling work as a link for the Belt-Line.
16000-20000 sf 300 plus bike storage CafĂŠ Bike rental Shop/parts Bike police station Showers and lockers
Program ideas for urban farm: 250000-30000 sf Urban farming Classrooms Market Auditorium Office Multi-use space
Belt-Line, Farms, and Markets
THESIS RESEARCH Irwin Market
Living Wells Market Sweet Auburn Market Green Hood Urban Cannibals Atwood Garden Social Goat
Site Selection Ponce CVS Site
-on belt-line with interesting topography -located on Ponce de Leon -existing infrastructure is not adaptive -not located near a existing farmers market -the city market is in development -closer to midtown -less community feeling -smallest site
Krog Street Stoveworks Site
-level Belt-Line crossing -located between the Forth Ward and Inman park -strong community presence -Irwin street market -largest site -very active corridor -more cyclist -offers adaptive reuse
Dekalb Ave Site
-on level with Dekalb Ave -Edgewood elevated crossing -medium size site -no existing infrastructure -strong community presence -between four communities -Belt-Line runs through site -most potential
The Dekalb Ave. Site