Assignment 01c: Kern

1.  Social interaction and Cohesion theory is applied to define urban qualities and phenomenon. The framework sources a qualitative base to appropriate though quantitative measures.The specific categories look at land uses of social space, demographic differences of age, income, culture and education, and infrastructure such as transit and waste systems. The theory can be generalized by highlighting the belief that the city acts in a network of complexities that support and sustain human scaled interaction.

2.  Infrastructure and Demographics are two main urban categories used to measure social cohesion. Infrastructure is part of a large category that breaks into mid level indicators of IT and Transit. Very specific indicators then branch off of that category for types of transportation (railway, bus, bike share) and specific IT measurable including cell strength and fiberoptic box. Demographics don’t look specifically for the presence of different income or age levels but rather the indicators tat would attract said demographic at any time.

3.  Patterns that exist in the Superillas also parallel in the Gracia neighborhood.  a specific example found can be almost completely pedestrianized streets that create a network between nodes. The treatment of transportation is also an important issue. It varies throughout Barcelona but different streets with have hierarchy of different modes of transportation. This would range from pedestrians, bikes, cars and public transportation.

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