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Booklet Idea 2.0

So more after today’s meeting:

This is the idea for the spread for “current conditions”. We definitely need to find a better word for it. Two major diagrams:

  1. Walking Circles + Ammenities + BID + Neighborhood 07 (CBD) -> Challenge as epicenter
  2. City of Ithaca + nodes of more distant but significant attractions (education, employment, health, public space)

These are sketches of the first 3 spreads and also the general structure of the introduction to “RE-URBANIZE Ithaca!”

  1. LONG TERM VISION: walkable, transit, sustainable, equitable, diverse, vibrant all-season, eco-density
  2. “current conditions”: What can Downtown Offer (+ve), General Growth Trends (+ve) and “Almost There…” (-ve +ve -> talking about issues of housing, low density and cyclical activity)

The Growth Trend and “Almost There…” page.

And lastly…


Research on International D/B Projects

On Thursday (2/25), the new CUSD research and planning team presented different categories of university/non-university based sustainable or social Design Build projects in front of a few senior members and faculties. Here’s the international projects research:

Hope it’ll be a good resource! And watch for more updates on the new Cornell University Sustainable Design (previously Cornell University Solar Decathlon)

RE-URBANIZE ithaca!: booklet Idea 1.0

Folded and Stapled at the spine: 8.5 x 11 sheets

No. of sheets: 10

No. of pages: ~ 40 (no worries! Lots of pics/diagrams that eats up space)

This is the first attempt to identify the specifics of the booklet. Sections would include:

Why Downtown?

–       map of CBD, BID and interesting parts (Commons, amenities, etc.)

–       The other page on the spread would be a short description to entice Downtown living along with statistics and mappings of walking distances, amenities, parking

Vision for Downtown

–       Short write-up on the vision for Downtown

–       Image of Challenge Industries Building and its potentials

–       Diverse, walking and transit-oriented community

–       SECOND SPREAD: criterias for evaluating the site / downtown with icons and explanations


–       first spread would be images of Challenge and our motivation and summary of ideas

–       The next few pages will be dedicated to the 3 schemes

–       For each scheme, we need to figure out the layout and what information to be placed

–       Important info: (needs to be refined and added on)

  1. Diagrams and images of building
  2. Plan on site (footprint): have to show adjacent lots Insurance and Inn
  3. Short description of each idea
  4. Matrix of evaluation (will be a table that includes the criterias along with icons as numbering system)
  5. Financial Strategies – include capital stack diagram (rough estimate)
  6. Architectural/Design Strategies
  7. Sustainable Systems Strategies
  8. Diagram for percentage of commercial, residential, public
  9. Diagram for residential units: affordable, medium, high


–       Compilation of grants or programs that are available for housing

–       Compilation of diagrams for sustainable systems (include local providers)

ICONS: rounded square with figures

–       Employment

–       Investment worthy (profit)

–       Sustainability: can be broken down into more

–       Livability: for residents and users of the Commons downtown area

–       Revitalization factor

–       Diversity

–       Density

–       Walkability

–       Water consumption

–       Electricity use

–       New construction materials

–       Material recycling factor

–       Embodied energy

–       Vibrancy

D+E|E+D Project 1 revival?

Let’s hope that we can revive this project after this semester…