The students will focus on the Wynkoop Street plaza and the public spaces immediately adjacent to the station. This focus will necessarily expand to surrounding neighborhoods and inside the historic station building, insofar as the character of these adjacencies provides important context for these spaces. Particular attention will be paid to automobile, train and pedestrian/bicycle impacts and access conditions that affect the public spaces surrounding the station, and to potential interior uses of the building. Recommendations from the PPS report will serve as an essential starting point for the team’s analysis, as this report attempted to synthesize views and concerns of hundreds of individuals from various stakeholder groups.
During weeks 1-4 of the course, students will analyze the social, cultural, historical and ecological factors influencing the station area. They will take a broad, holistic look at the current development plan (including planned circulation patterns, rail connections, and building configurations) in an attempt to determine the rationale behind planning and design decisions made to date. From week 5 forward, the students will center their analysis within distinct parameters and constraints by working from square footage calculations, cost estimates, and building footprints provided in the December 2007 update to the Master Plan.