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Greyhound Station Final

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Highway Iteration

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CityEngine Iterations

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SQ Work In Progress

New NetworkRoads lifted above pedestrian paths to create distinct modes of transportation.

Urbanized Landscape: Shenzhen


Bridge connecting two hills

mountain range land bridge



Enviroromentally irresposible to tear up landscape to bury power lines

Pollution is a serious issue

How is water and food shipped into city?

Rise of middle class > more leisure time > more recreational/open space

Land should have multiple uses, no left over space at all

Buji River for waste water treatment?

Need more connections to Honghu park

Embrace fishing tradition? expand pond (~13 feet above sea level)



First, the introduction of public transit will improve the connection of the site to the city;

Second, the potential for future development in SQ could incorporate the persistent and rapid growth dynamics happening in the entire Pearl River Delta;

Third, the expansion of Shenzhen’s center and SEZ will affect SQ’s role in geo-political and economic contexts



12 hours ahead of eastern standard

Population: 15 million (urban and rural)

World’s largest exporter of jelly beans

Used to be hilly fishing village (pre-1980s)

Humid subtropical climate, monsoons April-late September, torrential rain occasionally

“All of the initial focal points of the early urbanization were dominated by industrial and market interests.”


P-1 Update

Midterm Update

P2-2: Diagram

ESSENTIAL-01-01-01 STABLEParking-01


Hierarchy by road size


P-2 A P-2 B

Hierarchy by connectivity


P2-1 Research: Urban Forms & Patterns


The world’s exponential population growth has had a definite effect on the shape and form of cites across the world. Rigorous city planning can lead to higher connectivity amongst its citizens, which can reasonably lead to many desirable traits in a city such as walkability and sense of neighborhood. “Space Syntax and informal settlements” investigates the notion that slums or organic dwellings have a high connectivity than planned cities.

Slums are far denser than planned cities with more pathways around the homes, making slums more connected.  Planned cities have these pathways in between each block but many are inaccessible because the space is private and closed off for security reasons and security is one of the biggest faults of slums. Slums are primarily made up of lower income citizens who are more likely to commit crime and police patrolling a slum would be much more difficult than patrolling a city with a grid due to narrow alley ways and lack of regular city signage ect. Perhaps slums have too many pathways due to lack of roads and infrastructure, when a slum is transformed to a usable public space these pathways need to be edited and converted to roads.

To investigate the question of which type of city is more connected, planned or spontaneous, large cities with grids and large cites with organic streets and slums were examined. The cities selected based on their repetitive grid system to represent the “planned cities” were Phoenix, Denver, and New Orleans. The other cities representing the “spontaneous cities” include Singapore, Boston, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. The results are quite clear when compared; planned cities are far more connected than unplanned cities. Planning out an entire city maximizes the space use, while randomly placing streets and buildings leads to urban sprawl. Even slums while may not be properly documented in a computer system, are poorly connected because of all the dead ends and long spiraling paths. One can imagine the newest cites i.e. American cities are far more connected and efficient than other older cites across the world based human’s understanding of urban planning. Boston is one of America’s oldest cities, and from the looks of it, main roads were laid out sporadically and then later connected with grids. The most connected parts of Boston are the grids not the main roads, which leads one to believe an orthogonal grid provides a city the most connectivity. Grids with the smallest block sizes achieve the highest connectivity, if pathways in between these blocks existed like they do in slums, cities would be optimally connected.

“Space Syntax_Informal Settlements Brochure.” Scribd. Space Syntax Limited, 02 Mar. 2012. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.


Mingterm: Greyhound Station Schematic Design

New Greyhound Station5

E4: Lines, Zones and 3D form