Scenario planning in San Luis : [Inventory]

Scenario planning in San Luis : [Inventory]

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Scenario planning in San Luis : [Inventory]
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Planeamiento del escenario en San Luis: [Inventario]
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Strategic planning--Costa Rica--San Luis, Monteverde, Puntarenas
Field work
Sustainable Futures 2004
Scenario planning
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Student assignments and basis for gathering information for the inventory in order to create scenario plans for San Luis. Includes methods for creating a base map and doing the field work.
Asignaturas y bases por estudiantes para reunir información para el inventario, para poder crear planos de escenarios para San Luis. Incluye metodos para crear un mapa de base y hacer el trabajo de campo.

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Planeamiento del escenario en San Luis: [Inventario]
Scenario planning in San Luis : [Inventory]
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Student assignments and basis for gathering information for the inventory in order to create scenario plans for San Luis. Includes methods for creating a base map and doing the field work.
Asignaturas y bases por estudiantes para reunir informacin para el inventario, para poder crear planos de escenarios para San Luis. Incluye metodos para crear un mapa de base y hacer el trabajo de campo.
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Sustainable Futures 2004
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1 Scenario Planning in San Luis Our mission is to develop three plausible, but stru cturally different scenarios for how the future might unfold in San Luis. The three scenario s are Business as Usual, Ecotourism and Conservation and Diversification of Economic Ba se and Community Life. Story telling is a crucial aspect of the scenario b uilding process as it reveals how people feel, hope, expect and fear for the future. By orga nizing knowledge and giving meaning to individual events and facts, the scenarios or “s tories” will help explain why things could happen in a certain way. Goals: 1. To familiarize students and residents with the e xisting condition and development patterns. 2. To engage with the San Luis residents to learn a bout the community from their perspective. 3. To imagine alternative futures at various scales 4. To incorporate sustainable technologies where pr acticable. 5. To develop guidelines for conservation and devel opment. Objectives: 1. Produce an accurate base map with descriptive ov erlays. 2. Attend community meetings and interact with resi dents while doing field work. 3. Develop scenarios for regional land-use, housing prototypes, community centers and hut/hiking trails for the San Luis community. 4. Identify creative and practical ways sustainable technology can be incorporated into design. 5. Provide specific tools for integrating conservat ion goals into zoning and site planning.


2 I. San Luis Inventory Over the next few days, we will gather detailed inf ormation about the San Luis Valley. The purpose of this assignment is to 1. familiarize students with the San Luis Valley. 2. create an accurate base map of the San Luis Valley. 3. annotate overlays that describe existing conditi ons. Begin the Inventory in the Studio We will begin by creating a base map of San Luis us ing the aerial map provided. The base map should include primary roads, building footprints a nd rivers. The map will be divided into four quadrants with a small group of students assigned t o each quadrant. Each group should possess at least one copy of the entire base map an d ten copies of each quadrant map for reference in the field. Each group will be responsi ble for the inventory of that quadrant. Accuracy is paramount! Field Work in San Luis After conducting your general exploratory survey of your area, pick one area to begin detailed documentation. Be careful and note any conflicts/c onfusions so that we can discuss them in studio. The key field work days are Friday, Monday and Wednesday. Come prepared to work long hours in the outdoors. Corrections to the Base Map Pay attention to building and road changes (new bu ildings where one does not exist on your map or a vacant lot where a building is ind icated on your map). Correction should be noted on one of the copies. Incorrect in formation will be noticed by the members of the San Luis community and may taint the ir perceptions of your later work. Overlays / Narratives (all overlays to includes symbol legends) Built Form Draw the footprint of all built forms, note storie s, units/density. Label/name all non-residential built forms (JoeÂ’s Grocery, Public Elementary School). Make note of buildings under construction, garages or other noticeable sheds and buildings (label). Discuss the typical structures for your quadrant ( housing, community centers, farms, etc). Describe them in notes and sketches. Estimate the dimensions of the typical building. Take photographs. Draw an elevation that describes its street presence.


3 Circulation Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic Count at three sites, three times in one day for 30 minutes. Observe one point in the road. Note what passes (count), di rection, mode of transportation, number of passengers, type of vehic le, weather conditions. 7:00-7:30, 12:00-12:30, 5:00-5:30. This will happen on Wed. Discuss the typical routes of transportation in yo ur area. Describe them in notes and sketches. Estimate the dimensions of the typical roads/trails, conditions, materials as well as landscaping/fencin g. Existing Land-Use Protected/Reserves, forest (not protected), Farms/ Fincas (coffee, pasture, etc), Residential, Commercial, Institutional (schoo ls, clinics), etc. Hydrology Water flow Water shed(s) Vegetation Tree massing Vegetative layers Plant groupings Slope and Land Form Classification by slope groups Classification by topographic types Climate Wind, sun, rain, etc. Municipal Infrastructure Note the location of radio towers, water tanks, sp rings (AyA), etc. Other features unique to the site For example, dumping of trash. Note locations. Do es dumping appear to be recent or from a while back? What is it? Deadline: Base map with corrections, all annotated overlays, labeled photographs and saved in the SF directory, copies of sketches, and all process work (all work to include the names of team members) due at 10am on Thursday, June 17th. Scenario planning to be continuedÂ…


4 Techniques for Documentation 1) As a group, develop a system and give each membe r a task that is his/her responsibility to make sure it is completed. This will be discussed i n class before you go out in the field. 2) Your sketchbook should serve as a “visual memory ” tool during the site visits to San Luis. You will see many different things – public spaces construction details, urban design, etc. – that you may want to sketch and diagram as a way of remembering and working out its design. Sketch things you observe that you feel are important. For each sketch/diagram, please include a title and briefly: where you were sketching, what you have sketched, and your reason for choosing the subject of your sketch. 3) Documentation of photos. On a base map, put an angle where you are standing opening in the direction you are facing when you photograph, put the number of the p hotograph inside the angle. 4) The documentation strategy may be revised based on discussion. Interaction with Residents in San Luis Always say hello to residents you see on the road o r in front of homes. A simple “buenas” or a wave of the hand will be appreciated by the locals. As you walk and talk with the residents, consider this as an opportunity to get answers to h ow residents actually move through and use the area. We’ve listed some sample questions. Do no t formally interview residents, rather engage them in conversation. 1. How long have you lived in this part of town? 2. What do you think might happen to San Luis in th e future? Or where might future development occur? 3. What do you like best about it? (You should try to get a physical aspect of this issue so you can put it on your map. For instance, the answ er might be, “I have friends here,” in which case, find out where they live. Planning to include friendship patterns is important. Or, if the answer is “I am close to places I need t o go,” ask about the places (church, school, work) and circle them.) 4. Do you walk in the neighborhood? If so, where do you tend to go? If not, why not? 5. Any comments about street conditions? Are there places you want to show us that concern you? 6. Do you drive through this part of town? If so, a re there particular routes you take? Ask about them and mark on map (this question might rai se awareness to circulation issues or visual/social attractions) 7. Have you ever witnessed any flooding in this are a? If so, where has it occurred? How long did it take to drain away? Does it flood the s treet or pond in a vacant lot? 8. Is dumping and trash an issue? If so, when, whe re? 9. Ask about safety concerns? Are there certain are as that feel unsafe? Has the resident ever seen or heard of particular incidents? Mark th ese on the map and describe in notes. 10. You will think of many other questions. Make notes on your maps of what people tell you abo ut the community. Mark areas that s/he described. Keep lists of issues and focus attentio n on those areas.


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