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The intricate area along the river Maas

Name Maaspuntweg crossing Gouvernementspad
Location Maastricht
Country Netherlands
Authors Alessandro Vino
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Short Introduction to the Area of Study

The study area covers the pedestrian and bike path running underneath the J.F Kennedy bridge, stretching along the east bank of the Maas river ending at a government building in Maaspuntweg 38.

The overall area is rather intricate, it includes private and public buildings with diverse functions, I shall focus on the pedestrian and bike path running throughout the area. There are some interesting features that could increase the public use of the site, however with the current settings those are not put into real values. One of the major factors is the presence of a government building, which take a large portion of the surface imposing certain restrictions over it, such as lack of directions, lights and proper distinction between sidewalk and bike path.

The study area covers approximately 7'600 square metres.

Exercise 1: Sketching the Landscape

Time frame: October 25 - November 15, 2011

Student activities:

  • Creation of analytical drawings and sketches
  • Presentation of results

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Sketches and Drawings

Exercise 2: Landscape Layers

Time frame: November 15 - 29, 2011

Time frame: November 15 - 29, 2011'

  • time based changes and 'landscape biography', and/or:
  • topography, open spaces, built, green, traffic and water structures on different layers. *Definition of zones with coherent character
  • Description of this character.

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Exercise 3: Behaviour Patterns

Time frame: December 6 - 20, 2011

  • How do people behave in this area? How do they use the space? What is important for them?
  • Observation of study area, interviews with local people and mapping of use patterns.
  • Preparation of short presentation

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Exercise 4: Communication Concepts

Time frame: December 19, 2011 - January 17, 2012

  • Based on the different landscape assessment approaches students will develop a communication concept for their area of study
  • Which measures would be necessary for enhancing the awareness for the area?
  • Students are free to choose their method.

Please publish your findings here

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