Following on from the zoning strategy we established in response to your ideas for Streets Without Cars, we have now designed a more detailed layout for Drummond Street. It is structured around two key organising principles, one that governs the arrangement of the street west to east, and the other north to south.
The street is organised into five ribbons running along its length. From west to east, these are:
- A narrow pedestrian ribbon for access to the odd-numbered houses along the west edge of Drummond Street.
- A narrow vegetable patch ribbon accessed from either side.
- A combined pedestrian / bicycle / car ribbon, carrying northbound car traffic and north / southbound bicycle traffic.
- A wide pedestrian / bicycle ribbon containing the majority of the proposed “rooms” in our design.
- A narrow pedestrian ribbon for access to the even-numbered houses along the east edge of Drummond Street.
The street is also organised into twelve bands across its width, variations between which are contained within the second rooms ribbon described above. As Drummond Street has a slight gradient, rising around 2m from Curtain Street to Fenwick Street, the bands are stepped into a series of gentle terraces. Towards the edges of the street, these terraces revert back to ramped surfaces to accommodate bicycle and car traffic. From north to south, the twelve bands are:
- Front door
- Bicycle storage
- Meals area
- Living room
- Front door
Note that we are proposing two front doors: this is not a mistake, both the Curtain and Fenwick ends of our project have been designed to welcome!
When we overlap the two organisational maps, we arrive at the below site plan. It aims to establish slow but free-flowing traffic alongside a diverse array of street activities. Drummond Street should belong to pedestrians, not cars, so the street activities are our highest priority. By inviting cars into the street at very low speeds (below 20km/hr), we enhance the sense of security for pedestrians, while forgoing none of the convenience of car transport.
We have preserved the generosity of the existing median strip by incorporating lawn areas only lightly designed: we envisage these will be flexible, multi-functional rooms whose potential uses go well beyond anything we can imagine today. We have located them alongside more deliberately designed rooms (like the meals area and retreat) with the intention that they enhance one another through mutual occupation. We have kept the existing mature trees dotting the length of the street, planted a fruit orchard, a number of substantial garden beds, and established a 120m long vegetable patch running the entire length of the site.
A legend for the colour coding in the site plan can be read by clicking on the image and zooming into each section. Broadly, the paler green sections are lawn areas and darker green sections garden beds. The grey areas are paved, pale blue areas ponds and yellow areas filled with various built activities, including a sandpit, meals area and kiosk. The translucent grey areas running through the centre of the street are roof canopies.