Measuring unmeasurable

This week’s exercise is built around dynamics of urban form. Models of present day cities and city regions do not follow the logic of concentric zoning around urban core, but instead represent more complex patterns of accessibility. The ‘trans-‘ catchword of the week is thus transport, although we are not interested of the short term fluxes, but the uneven distribution of urban activities that it creates.

In principle level, density is a trivial concept with only two unknown variables – it quantifies entities per reference area. Therefore it is difficult to use static local measure to describe the ever enlarging opportunities people have to interact with their surroundings. Despite this (not-so-minor) assumptions that all density analyses contain, they still remain basic tool kit of urban analyses.

Density analysis is not a single measurement, but rather a family of measurements that  quantify important features in relevant spatial container. This said, weekly task is twofold:

1) From your own study line or disciplinary perspective, figure out what is the feature of density relevant to good/bad urban environment?

2) How can it be measured and/or articulated further?  How can the results of these analyses be explained? <IF NO ANSWER, GO BACK TO QUESTION 1.>

Task: Write a short (around 500 word) blogpost in your site (post category: usp-304-studio-i). Intertwine your short discussion into Haaga and other coursework from earlier this week.

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