September 12, 2013, 11:55:42 pm
Hey Jared G.
Great feedback so thanks - and yes, as an Urban Designer I understand entirely what you are saying. I wasn't actually involved in the design of the street plan but I'm all too aware of the conflict that sometimes arises between Highway Engineers and Designers. In this instance, it was over the colour and degree of raised materials at intended crossing points.
If you look at 0.57 sec, you'll notice the location of one such crossing in this design, although the choice of subdued colour was a matter of discussion. The white and grey colouration dividing road from pedestrian strip is actually intended to be a very shallow gutter in smooth concrete. The intention is that this would act as the demarcation signal for the sight impaired (although again there were long discussions if it was sufficient).
Personally, I'm a great believer in the concept that if you have to physically separate users in CBD's of cities then there is a real failure in the townscape, so yes, I am all in favor of shared surfaces. Changing attitudes and actually placing the concept back within the minds of motorists that they are the guests in certain locations and have to be aware and responsible for the safety of others is no mean task - but fundamentally important in my opinion.
As for your other query - the model was built onto a 3d terrain - its just very flat. Thankfully I, like most, am hugely indebted to those amazing developers of SketchUp plugins and have long been able to draw and express on 3D surfaces, but your offer was very much appreciated.
Ta very much!