A preliminary analysis of a South Florida urban research site.

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The Specifics
The Project Report will consist of three sections.
Section 1: The Site
I want you to begin by describing what your site is, what it looks like and why you chose it. Be evocative – having a photo or two helps, but is not required. You must also include a map/aerial photo of the surrounding area so I know where it is (to do this, use your favorite online map program, zoom to the level you want and use the Print Screen button or a screen capture tool (like this free one, MW Snap http://download.cnet.com/MWSnap/3000-2072_4-10524229.html ) then cut and paste the image into your report).
Section 2: The Context
Make the case for why this site can be explained by (or proves or disproves) a model/theory/timeline/process covered in the course. In so doing, you need to:
· Show you have learned something about your site that is relevant to the theory at hand (and not just random information). You can do this by either/both:
o Using secondary sources, like property records, zoning plans, census data, newspaper articles, academic journal articles, or books about your site. You need not use all of them, but you need to use some them to get perspectives on present conditions and, hopefully, past conditions as well.
o Using primary sources, which means data you collect yourself, be it photographs you take, observation you conduct, or interviews you do. I realize that interviewing people is not for everyone, but you should at least go to observe and/or photograph. Do not go overboard, but do take at least an hour out of your life to look around.
· Show you understand the concept. You should be able to put the concept as outlined in class/in the book in your own words. Furthermore, you should do more a little more reading on the topic in general (ie for example, if you are doing something on Calle Ocho, read about immigrant enclaves in general). Luckily, the textbook has handy citations for you at the end of the chapter and in footnotes. Thus, you should include at least two outside, academic sources (meaning your sources have a bibliography and are not wikipedia) besides the boo
Section 3: Future Research and Implications
Since this is a small, quick project, in this concluding section, I want you to think big. In this section include
· Questions you would still like to know the answers to about the relationship between your site/concept
· How, in perfect world, you could find that information out (in others words, propose future research, such as a survey, or interviews, or archival research)
· Given what you know about the site and the context, what are the implications of what you found out? Would you like to change something about the site? What do you think other urban dwellers/scholars could learn from the example of your site
The Nuts and Bolts
This is a short project that mostly attempts to make sure you can link concepts in the course to the world around you. Unless you feel passionate about it, I do not expect this to take much of your time. That being said, I do expect the following:
It should be clearly written, carefully edited, and logically argued
Questions
The following are a list of questions you might want to find answers to about your site, developed by Mark Purcell, the designer of project given to UCLA and U. of Washington urban geography students that served as the model for this projects. You will likely need to know the answers to only a few of these for your project (and possibly some not on this list), but it is just to help you get started thinking
History of site
When was it developed? (Or if it’s not developed, why not?)
Who developed it?
Why?
Was there struggle over the development?
How has the site changed over time?
Why has that change occurred?
Was there struggle over the change?
Who benefits/loses from the change.
The context of the site
What is the relationship between the site and its surroundings?
Integrated? Isolated? Does it fit in? Does it stand out? Are people milling about? Is it empty?
Does the location of the site matter? Could it just as easily be located somewhere else? Or are there reasons why it is located where it is?
What role does government play in shaping the site?
The users of the site
Who uses the site?
What is their relationship to the site? Resident? Consumer? Worker?
Why does that relationship matter?
Are there certain social groups who use the site?
Are there groups who are excluded or discouraged from using the site?
The relevance of the site
How does the site reflect the course theme you have chosen?
What affect has this site, as a manifestation of the course theme, had on its surroundings?
What affect has it had on the city?
What new things can we learn about the course theme from your research on this site?
How does your knowledge of the course theme enhance your understanding of the site?
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