Altering Practices in Design through Community Engagement

submitted by: tahlor.c
This project seeks to identify the benefits in altering current design practices to better social capital, particularly in marginalized communities. It will look at current uses of community engagement through the design process to further sustainability of communities and to build social capital, particularly in affordable housing communities. Through the close study of various Community Development Agencies, interviews with field experts, and comparison of case studies, I hope to establish...
Authors: Tahlor Cleveland

USP SRP: Designing for People

submitted by: dustink
MEANT TO BE VIEWED AS "VIDEO ONLY." This research question aims to explore and identify urban design elements that encourage automobile dependence and what strategies encourage walkability and alternative modes of transportation. The area of study will focus specifically in the neighborhood surrounding the Euclid Ave. Transit Center in the Encanto neighborhood of Southeastern San Diego. Research was conducted through examining various case studies of urban design elements found in cities...

Walk Scores and Transit Scores and Walking in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

submitted by: Jahirsch
Background: Walk Scores and Transit Scores are open-source measures of the neighborhood built environment to support walking (“walkability”) and access to transportation. Purpose: To investigate associations of Street Smart Walk Score and Transit Score with selfreported transport and leisure walking using data from a large multicity and diverse populationbased sample of adults. Methods: Data from a sample of 4552 residents of Baltimore MD, Chicago IL, Forsyth County NC, Los Angeles...
Authors: Jana Hirsch, Kari Moore, Kelly Evenson, Daniel Rodriguez, Ana Diez Roux

Breaking Socio-Cultural Barriers: Musical Traditions, Street Performance, and Coherent Urban Design

submitted by: msolaria
Urban design and community development are often divorced from one another as disciplines despite the profound influence the form of urban space has on the cohesiveness of a community. Using street musicians and the phenomenon of spontaneous breaking of social barriers as a context, this study argues for a holistic approach to design with community development in mind by demonstrating how social relationships between strangers spring up and how they are affected by the nature of urban form....

Designing for a Sustainable Future: The study of a positively promoted audit

submitted by: rleslie
This particular study focuses on reestablishing the need for a plan and design that creates a more sustainable environment within certain communities, in this case a city such as San Diego. Creating a walkable and sustainable San Diego includes incorporating the new idea of walk audits expressed through the organization Walk San Diego, helping to answer the questions: What are walk audits and how are they used to create the idea of a sustainable environment? Walk audits analyze a particular...

It Takes a Vision to Raise a Village: A Case Study of The Village at Market Creek

submitted by: Kristy Shields

This video is a short introduction to my Senior Research Project for the Urban Studies and Planning program at the University of California at San Diego.

Innovative Urban Design: The Case of Octavia Boulevard

submitted by: MaiaMaria

This is an introduction to my Senior Research Project in March 2010

The Character of Infill: A Case Study of Hillcrest's Uptown Shopping Center

submitted by: jlngo
As new undeveloped land becomes scarce in San Diego and the economic downturn has put pressure on existing developments, particularly retail and commercial spaces, the trend has shifted towards infill redevelopment. Hillcrest’s Uptown District Shopping Center, developed three decades ago, has been heralded as the type of infill major cities should now strive for. Developments such as this one, however, are not easy to achieve nor are they to emulate. This research is a study of what makes...

New Urbanism, an Experiment or a Practical Approach?

submitted by: judychau

Conformation of Americans to their vehicles has caused a great amount of congestion and problems in the urban infrastructure, in which New Urbanism claims to relieve. This project questions the effectiveness of New Urbanist theories and presents a realistic understanding of transit oriented development in relationship with the American lifestyle.

Market Creek Plaza: Walkable or Not?

submitted by: jkayres

An Assessment of Walkability Audits, their Results, and their Impact on Future Development