UD Studio 1 2007

Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Urban Design Studio,Summer 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Charts of Operations

The chart of operations describes the component parts of an urban operator and identifies what each of those parts do. The chart, as opposed to a plan, section or assembly axonometric allows you to describe those operations across multiple registers, such as:

• the public/programmatic operations of the urban design proposal
• the technical role that the elements play
• its urban effects (diagram its operation with larger systems).
• schedules of activation

In Marpillero & Pollak's presentation on Queens Plaza they described how MPA described the role of particular elements, in each of 3 scenarios. The location and role each element played was then mapped both to plan and to perspective , in order to distinguish tectonic decisions from programmatic intentions. Examples of how they did this may be seen in their presentation as well as in Sandro's essay in Constellations.