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A tale of two communities; The characterization of an urban neighborhood for community issues and urban forests in East Cleveland from two different stakeholders.03/21/2019
Geospatial narrative was developed as a qualitative GIS approach to extend current GIS data capture capabilities. This method allows the integration of narrative interpretation with GIS to understand ephemeral and physical qualities of a location. This methodology can help assess the quality of a community and identify issues. The issues monitored by stakeholders can include failing infrastructure, vacancy, and crime for the community and disease, poor maintenance, and vandalism for urban forests. With geospatial narrative these issues can be mapped and analyzed. This project will study two geospatial narratives, from urban forestry and community stakeholders, in East Cleveland. A correlation will be determined from the data collected from the two narratives by extracting a set of keywords from each narrative. This data will assess the quality of a neighborhood and the urban forest. The project will determine whether geospatial narratives are reliable alternatives available to use for site analysis. Mapping the data from the narrative will identify a relationship with the quality of a neighborhood and the existing urban forest. This project will consult primary sources that have previously used geospatial narrative to understand methodology and results. This data offers a more considerate analysis for planning and design. Converting the stakeholder’s assessment and input into mapped data, allows for a more holistic and complete analysis of the site, which can increase the overall success of the design.
Extenzminimum, defined as the minimum habitable dwelling, is a concept developed in Germany following World War I. In principle, it is a means of generating housing solutions that used an economy of space and materials and could respond to the housing crisis facing Europe. Such a housing crisis arose as vivienda minima in Spain during and after the Spanish Civil War. This topic investigates how the idea of extenzminimum is shared with Spain and how that idea influenced the concept of vivienda minima even when geographical and political barriers existed between the two nations.
This project will study architectural works and concepts in Germany and Spain during the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Specifically, the works of Ernst May (Neue Frankfurt), Alexander Klein (Residential Building and Apartments for Single Workers), Walter Gropius (Hansaviertel, Grosssiedlung, and Siemensstadt), Miguel Fisac (Chain houses), and GATEPAC. These works are important because each architect was influenced by or wrote about minimal habitable dwellings. The resultant architecture will demonstrate how those ideas were interpreted and if the German response to minimal habitable dwellings is related to the Spanish response.
This paper will consult primary and secondary sources such as writings of May, Klein, and Gropius in Germany during the extenziminimum movement. In addition, the writings of Fisac and GATEPAC will further the understanding of Spain’s interpretation of vivienda minima and determine if those ideas are related to Germany.