Author Archives: Dallas Puckett

P1 Refinement

Bird's eye entrance road top view tunnels


1 2 plan_attempt_2 structure to 71 N to 471 S to gilbert top

Fragmented City

combined industrial map residential map

These diagrams take a look at industrial districts within the city versus residential. In other words, where are the bulk of people in the city working, and where are they living. What I found was that the industrial areas are not as distinct as I originally anticipated. There are areas that are quite defined, but others that are rather scattered, especially outside the SQ District. Residential areas, however, create very distinct boundaries.

Research- The Image of a City

Lynch diagram


In Kevin Lynch’s “The Image of a City”, a few simple ideas are presented for the bounding elements of the design process when it comes to urbanism. The first is that everyone perceives a city differently, which Lynch refers to imageability. is defined as a “sentimental combination between an objective city and subjective human thoughts. The specific image an observer might have of a city can be vastly different from someone else. The second idea involves urban legibility, which involves five distinct urban forms.


Paths:             Paths can be broken down into two separate subcategories: directional qualities and scale   characters. The directional qualities involve the “where are we going” of the city. Typical spatial characters, such as how wide the path may be or how dense traffic is are part of this element. Paths must be identifiable, as well as have a clear origin and destination. Some of the scale characters involve landmarks, nodes, and unique facades. Lynch explains that it is impossible to create a clear city image with confusing paths.


Edges:            Generally, edges are boundaries that separate two districts. There may be a predominant, continuous form, but that does not mean the edge condition has to be impenetrable. They can be thought of as unity seams, rather than isolating barriers. Highways and natural elements, such as rivers are examples of edges. They also can aid in orientation. Think of being in downtown Cincinnati-as long as you know where the river is, you always know which direction you are going.


Districts:       Districts are relatively large city areas. Generally, there is some thematic continuity among districts (texture, space, form, detail). We generally image a city in clusters, or districts. If you were to think of Cincinnati without each section of town having a name, you could still image each district. Mt. Adams has its’ own feel, certainly much different than Clifton. The downtown area is imaged differently than Hyde Park, etc.


Nodes:            This is the center of focus points in the city, but not necessarily limited to a small area. Squares and linear districts can be categorized as nodes. The two ways to think of nodes are as a junction between paths and a concentration of characteristics with unique features. Short Vine, for example, is an outlier from Clifton. It could be thought of as a node because it is a focal point in the area.


Landmark:    Physical elements that help define an area or path. You could tell someone to take 5th street and turn left at Main Street, or you could tell them to go two blocks past fountain square and turn left. Each route inspires a different image of the city.


Yue, Wenhao. “Kevin Lynch: The Image of the City (1960).” 19 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2014.


E2 Space Syntax

Daqing Highway Passenger Transportation Hub / Had Architects

Daqing City is famous for China’s largest oil city, and it is located in the northern alpine zone. Serving as an airport-sized bus stop, the Transportation Hub’s first floor consists of a large waiting room upon entry, followed by a three story hallway that connects programming, bus tickets at one end, a restaurant at the other. Another waiting room is on the second floor and overlooks the vast, open hallway beneath. Connected to the hub is a fourteen-story office building.

Dallas Puckett E1b

Wet Grid

1) Points were chosen in and around the site to connect, mostly based on transportation.

2) This first attempt did not show much movement.

3) With new, loosely tied strings the second attempt showed ample movement.