10. Observation then Interpretation – Protracted and thoughtful initial observation leads to site assessment on physical paper.

  • Base Map which includes- Names, date, north indicator, location, key, scale, and anything that can’t be changed.  Use pacing and Google Earth
  • Sector analysis- mapping of wild energies (in the form of an overlay with the following analysis of flows)
  • Examine Climate of local area

11. Analysis of Flow Overlay – Look at how energies such as water, traffic and wildlife are actually flowing.  This differs from the sector analysis, remember the restaurant example. Map this on physical paper

  • In combination with the sector analysis, map actual water flow, access and circulation, wildlife, or fertility.  Use arrows of different colors and thickness to delineate energy flow.  Remember to have a key.  You can use words to highlight certain features like concentrations from a roof and then make interpretations like possible rain garden site or swale or roof catchment tank.  See steps 12 & 13 as an example.

12. Overlay Observation Examine other aspects of the scale of Permanence to highlight patterns to details of the land, done in physical overlays.

  • Create an overlay for microclimate/ vegetation (is there a big windbreak or large shade trees)
  • Create an overlay for Zones of Use/ Aesthetics/ Habitat Classification

13.  Summary Overlay for Assessment one overlay that summarizes the most important and influential observations and interpretations from all of your analysis and assessment

14.  Functional Analysis of Existing, Most Influential Species– of the elements that are already there, what do you need to know more about. You will have 3 Each, could be as simple as house or kitchen or some of the existing vegetation.  This is similar to what you have already done, just a different context.

15.  Identify off site Resources – The format of this will be a bulleted list. What community and economic resources are available to help with your design and mission for the site: These might include markets, farms, restaurants, schools, sawmills, breweries, dumps, etc. (quickly collated as a group)


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