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MUDD 21 - City Visions II

Wynyard Axis, Sydney Introductory Analysis

Before structure plans were developed, students conducted studies of public life in Central Sydney. Using techniques inspired by Jan Gehl, students recorded observations on specific streets and intersections throughout the city. Various mediums were used to record observations- photography, video, sketches, tallying data, and graphing results. Students considered a wide range of variables; for instance, many of the observations were re-recorded at different times of day, different days of the week, and under different weather patterns. After reviewing and analysing data trends, students were then able to assess correlations and draw conclusions from observations.

The results of the studies led to findings such as: the presence of sunlight encouraged lingering, spaces between columns along facades created space for pedestrians to linger amidst heavily trafficked roads, plantings along a street affected the movement of people on the street, decibel levels affected amount of time people spent on a given street, and locations of street furniture within plazas affected the group sizes that used them. Students were able to describe the impact of the streetlevel details of the built environment on the movement and interactions of people. Students then integrated these details into the landscape structure plans that were completed in the next phase of the studio.

York Street Peak-time noise Off-peak noise

A study of noise levels along York Street throughout the day 2:00pm



Floating park Barangaroo development and passive park

Section of Wynyard Station


Highway intersection and pedestrian overpass

A study of Barangaroo’s impact on solar access

Erskine Street

Wynyard Station Wynyard Park and Interchange

George Street

Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  
Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  

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