I spent last week researching the area around Thomas B. Thriges Street in Odense as a means of locating where I wanted to situate my project. Having a previous interest in information graphics, I focused on the data concerning how people get from the underground parkade to the street level and used it to create a series of pie charts and a usage diagram.
The data shows that one of the most common ways to move from underground to above is via stairwells located throughout the site, and that most of these stairwells are located around areas designated as “regional urban areas” – this is the Musikhuspassagen, Overgade and Albani Torv areas:
Using this information, my aim is to create two or three transition points which will connect the underground to the street level. These structures will be independent of the buildings on the site but their architectural qualities will be informed by their surroundings. Perhaps these transition points will serve as “waypoints” that guide people through the site and will somehow interact with each other. They will most likely contain stairs as the method of vertical movement, but should not be represented in the form of a traditional building staircase. The XBees will feature in the physical model as a method of creating interactive architecture.
My next step will be to create a basic material and structural catalogue of the buildings surrounding each site that will inform these transition points.