i. brief written summary based on empirical observations
-choose a neighborhood that you are familiar with: DeSoto TX
-location can be anywhere in the world
-document your initial impressions (or “reading”)
-frame your observations in terms of human-scale design principles, and evidence of community
ii. length: between 1,000 and 1,500 words
iii. supplement text with maps, sketches, photos
How well can you size up – or “read” – a neighborhood? Based on your observations, what are your initial impressions? Does the neighborhood succeed or fail as a community, based on the human-scale design principles we have discussed (well-defined centers and edges, mixed uses, corridors that define and connect, a range of transportation options, the street pattern as a network, and civic buildings in prominent sites)?