ARCH 4001. Urban Mobility for Cincinnati Innovation Corridor

Architecture Studio. Fall 2018

Ming Tang.

Associate Professor, SAID, DAAP, University of Cincinnati

Course description

This studio focuses on the large-scale urban building in order to explore strategies for organizing and developing a multi-story building program on a constrained urban site. Program complexity is balanced with program repetition as many floors within the multi-story building type repeat, and are organized by unique spaces that are often public amenities or specific program functions. The gradient of urban to building public space is negotiated at the street-level; consideration is given to hierarchies of circulation as well as internal public spatial character. In addition, investigations develop the multi-story building envelope for performance, technology and a role in the urbanscape.
Using Cincinnati Uptown and proposed Smart Corridor area as the focus area, the studio presents a study investigating the urban mobility with an emphasis on the simulated human behavior cues and movement information as input parameters. The research is defined as a hybrid method which seeks logical architecture/urban forms and analyzes its’ performance. As one of the seven-courses-clusters supported by UC Forward, the studio project extends urban mobility study by exploring, collecting, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial information and physically representing the information through various computational technologies.
The studio investigation is intended to realize the potential of quantifying demographic, social, and behavior data into a parametric equation. In the experiments, the integration of non-geometrical parameters within the form seeking and performance evaluation process resulted in a series of a conceptual model to represent the movement and access. The projects will be developed by optimizing transportation network, analyzing way-finding and human behavior. Ultimately, the studio looks to build upon the strengths pre-defined in the evaluation method and capture the benefits of Geographic Information System (GIS), virtual reality (VR), eye-tracking, and wayfinding simulation by seamlessly integrating vital geospatial components in the equation and altering the way people explore the possible design solutions in order to generate the ideal urban and building forms.

Eye tracking demo. by Gabriel Berning. Spring. 2018. ARCH 4002.

by Jordan Sauer. Spring. 2018. ARCH 4002.

way-finding and behavior simulation. Dongrui Zhu, ARCH 4002, spring 2018


transportation hub at the Uptown Innovation Corridor,Cincinnati

The studio project is to design a new transportation hub located within the proposed “Cincinnati Smart Corridor”. The building will enhance the Cincinnati Uptown Innovation corridor from “smart” multimodal choice, transit-bike-pedestrian friendly, residential-business favorably perspectives.

Uptown Cincinnati, which consists of several Cincinnati neighborhoods located immediately north of downtown/OTR and between I-71 and I-75 highways, is the region’s largest center for economic growth and urban development outside downtown Cincinnati. The medical and educational institutions, which are dominantly present in Uptown, make the district the recognized regional center for innovation. In alignment with the needs of capturing new development to support Uptown’s medical, research, and innovation industries, Uptown Innovation Corridor has been envisioned to be centered near the new highway interchange at I-71 and MLK Blvd. The corridor will provide accesses to a new campus for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), hotels, major commercial office space development, and residential infill that will support existing users and residents and attract many more businesses to Uptown. Subsequently, more travel demands will likely be attracted and generated through the district. An efficient transportation system in support of the transit-oriented multimodal development in Uptown is expected to foster livable communities.

Cincinnati uptown innovation corridor. From Uptown Consortium, Inc. (UCI)

The studio will collaborate with the students from Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, CEAS, and the School of Planning, DAAP to understand the impact of the Smart City Challenge program from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

The students will have an option to participate in the one-credit multidisciplinary seminar offered by UC Forward in the 1819 Innovation Hub.  The primary purpose of the seminar is to promote communication, coordination, and interaction across classes and disciplines connected to the proposed efforts.

Designs should be grounded and linked to research and analysis related to the following objectives:

  • To develop a conceptual design of the Uptown Transportation Network and Multimodal Transportation Hub to address the documented demand and needs, including access to bike infrastructure and pedestrian routes as an essential part of the MLK “Grand Boulevard Plan”. The conceptual design also considers how the network and hub will enhance the visioning service and accessibility across all modes of movement among institutional assets and neighborhood in Uptown, the surrounding areas, and the entire Cincinnati region.
  • To develop a conceptual design of the Multimodal Transportation Hub that will support BRT, Bus, Shuttle, Streetcar linkages and is proximate to a proposed LRT alignment. Commuter parking capacity is called for as the hub may have a direct link to SB I-71 off-ramp to MLK.
  • To produce the Concept of Operation in terms of the technological innovation in future with an overview of best practices in “smart mobility” that might be applicable to support the Uptown Transportation Network and Multimodal Transportation Hub.

Program and Process

The transportation hub should emphasize environmental, behavioral cues as input parameters, and seek logical architectural forms through computational approaches. Students are required to implement this method by exploring, collecting, analyzing, and visualizing various geospatial information and integrate data into programming, concept design and schematic design of a transportation hub. The studio project will challenges students to create a design responding the future urban mobility, by emphasizing ‘user-centric’ approach.


Student projects: Virtual Reality demo for transit hub in Beijing, ARCH 4002, Spring 2018

Students will design programs responding to the existing built environment, physical infrastructure, urban design, streetscape, landscape, natural environmental conditions and the human factors associated with the proposed Uptown Transportation Network. Students will incorporate the Multimodal Transportation Hub design into the site analysis and regional analysis around the Uptown Innovation corridor. The analytical results serve as the foundation of analyzing, visualizing, and comparing social, economic, physical, and environmental consequences of different scenarios related to the Uptown Transportation Network and Multimodal Transportation Hub.