Today we went back to the site to develop our plans for the project. When we there this time, we focused more on our site and coming up with conceptual ideas on what to do with the unfavorable sounds in certain areas. We also evaluated what was there and what possible solutions to these existing conditions could be. For example, there were a bunch of railroad ties there that can’t be disposed of due to the chemicals in them. Possible reuses for railroad ties are stairs and retaining walls. Railroad ties can be reused for most things that won’t include direct contact with humans. We also went to the end where there was the desired path that people made to get into that side of the park. The problem here was that people had to cross over an active rail line which poses safety issues. Also at this side of the park, there is a barbed wire fence that creates an unwelcoming site when entering. This fence can’t be removed because behind it is private property. There is also a hill that has a view of the city of Bochum. This hill has sounds from an industrial plant still in use in the background. In order to make this space more usable for people, the sounds in the background would have to be mitigated somehow. Overall we gathered a lot of conceptual ideas to work from for the design.
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