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The Transition, urban design, Ghent, Belgium

Part 1 Project 2004
Eilidh Henderson
University of Strathclyde Glasgow UK
The Transition: Year 3, Semester 2

A design project focusing on the connection of two very different sections of Ghent, Belgium through creative intervention.

Morphology
Analysis
Boundary
Layering
Pattern
Spark
Border
Threshold
Evolution
Junction
Change
Diagonal
Dynamic
Integration
Connection
Intervention
Linking
Re-invention
Movement
Texture
Edges
Barriers
Flow
Grouping
Structure
Generate
Orientation
Completion
Artery
Juxtaposition
Community
Transport
Interaction
Viewpoints
Energy
Perspective
Regeneration
Carving
Presence
Frames
Route
Comparison
Development
Culture
Users
Site
Refining
Cohesion
Influence
Enclosure
Pockets
Flexibility
Sequence
Direction
Termination
Journey
Transition



Eilidh Henderson


The project to redevelop the Scharnier area of Ghent, Belgium was considered by the Department to be an exemplary piece of urban design. We considered the design process as much as the final design worthy of particular praise. The student was greatly assisted in tackling the issues of such a large and complex area by exploring (through models and drawings) and applying other urban proposals from a range of different significant architects as a test to both draw out the problems and test potential solutions. This intelligent use of precedents resulted in the student both understanding those architects' own approach deeper, the design issues better and having greater confidence in approaching a personal strategy for the area.
Far from resulting in an amalgam of 'favourite bits' from these, it helped the student generate a believable proposal. The work was presented to the Department through drawings, models and a particularly-engaging power point presentation which concluded with the detailed design of a particular component of the proposals. The Department thought that the work would have been praised had it been presented as a 5th year urban scheme. That it came from a third year student was all the more remarkable.

2004
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