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The aim of this exercise was to teach students how to critically analyze the formal, social and logistical attributes of urban neighborhoods, using a variety of methods. Starting from a purely experiential mode of analysis, students moved towards increasingly research-based and data collection-oriented strategies, with the final aim of proposing improvements to the existing neighborhood. The neighborhood of Les Halles in central Paris functioned as a case study for analyzing, quantifying and proposing urban improvements.

Student teams analyzed twelve aspects of the neighborhood. Click on each one to learn more!

  1. Circulation and Wayfinding
  2. Public Space
  3. Trash
  4. Smart Infrastructure
  5. User Activity
  6. Street Furniture
  7. Impacts of Construction Project
  8. Retail
  9. Toilets
  10. Architecture and Massing
  11. Advertising, Public Art and Signage
  12. District Boundaries

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