Service Learning Class Brian Zink (Topics for first session: ( Parking…
Service Learning Class
Topics for first session:
What is urban sprawl and its origins
Industrial revolution led to uncontrolled urban growth.
Urban growth was fueled by migrations of people moving from the countryside to the cities to join the labor force. Trading better living conditions to living in squalor.
Cities brimmed with population and with pollution form factories and unrestricted growth, shifted the growth paradigm. The rich population could put behind their problems of the crowded depressing city, and change it to suburban regions were space was unlimited; condemning the urban centers of cities to be left to waste and detterment.
Post WWII era, the return of soldiers looking for a brighter future. Economies had to shift from producing war machines, into producing home electric appliances and products destined to the American new household suburban generation. Increase in the construction of Suburban America, the house, 2 cars in the driveway. 4 kids, etc etc. SPRAWL america was born
The sprawl tendency has been left unchallenged, even when the 2008 the mortage subprime bubble burst.
How does urbanism affect citizens and what is the Happy City movement?
So how do we measure happiness?
Enrique Peñalosa and the Colombia model
What cities of the future must look like?
Street Fight book, narration of the urban revolution that was carried out in NYC.
Jannette Sadik Kahn and the fight for pedestrian NYC.
Bicycle wars, fighting the established wrong ideas
Times Square, and slowing down traffic to increase pedestrians.
Parking Day GDL
A. Choose locations and check availability
Location 1: Colomos Street
Location 2: Philadelphia Street
Location 3: Basketball court inside ASFG
B. List of each spot's characteristics
Answer the following for each location:
Is it a sunny or shaded spot?
What is the sidewalk's width? What is the size of the space to walk by?
In a scale from 1 to 5, where 5 is the highest amount of traffic; how much car traffic drives by in the location's street?
From 1 to 5, how much pedestrian flow does the location's street have?
For both 4 and 5, make a simple calculation of cars/people that pass per min. Make several samples to have quantified data.
Describe the location's visibility, for cars, for pedestrians.
Check a city map, and describe
C. Measure, draw a diagram
Draw the location of the parking space
Measure the surface area of the space
How can the space be separated from the passing cars?
D. Identify park final users
Observe the pedestrian flow that walks by?
What are their ages? young, adults, aged folk?
Where are they walking to? To their jobs? Is it their lunch break?
What are their needs?
How can this pocket park serve them best, what type of activities would be better used?
What are their jobs? are they just passing by or are they waiting for something to happen (the bus to drive by, or mabey their kids to get out from school).
E. List possible activities for each park.
Location 1: Colomos
Provide shade and a fresh space for drivers, bodyguards, parents, franeleros.
Sitting furniture to encourage pedestrians to sit, take a break, and mingle.
Space to play Rayuela, for the franeleros and people that hang out waiting for kids to come out.
Location 2: Philadelphia
Who walks by? office workers?
.- Study Philadelphia's street relevance, where does it connect? how can this parklet impact the area?
Importance of this parklet would be:
to have an example of the urban intervention on the other street the school connects.
To communicate the project for parents that drive by that side to watch.
Location 3: ASFG
This would be a simulation of a street, where there are one or two cars parked inside, and a parking spot in between.
This intervention would be an exhibition, to make sure everyone in the school has a chance to visit a parklet; specially children.
Activities should be planned for children, having games, activities, bubbles, books, jenga, gardening, etc..
The spot would also be useful to communicate the most information regarding Urbanism, and the parking problem in Guadalajara.
F. What do we need to build it/ what supplies can be borrowed?
How can we improvise seating spots? benches? internet ideas
How to provide shade?
Rug or synthetic grass turf?
Signs, infographics and ways to explain the project.
G. Supervsion of pocket park's use and activities
What will be the time the park is open?
How long will it be running?
How many people do you need to supervise activities, or overwatch?
How many people will be filming/documenting?
10am - 5pm? 8 persons in 1 hour shifts?
H. Communication before Parking Day and the results
How do we present the project ahead of time to get the idea in people's minds.
How can we film the preparation, organization, research and other activities before P Day.
-What is the story we want to tell about P Day and how are we going to record it?
What types of signs do we need, so we an set them up in the parklet and that it explains P Day to passing by people.
I. Why are we doing this? What is our goal with these urban interventions?
Living room theme
public space for everyone to use.
space to wait or time to pass, space to mingle
games for people and kids to play
board games theme
giant jenga, connect 4
Activities that allow people to leave a message, a drawing, a proposal, a black board, a clothes line, tree with messages,
Poner una Go Pro, en la calle para ver quien pasa y en que horarios. de 10 a 5pm