Spring Street traffic analysis

The following traffic analysis was conducted on Wednesday the 20th of August and Sunday the 24th of August 2014. Collated over 6 x 1 hour observation periods, the data generated represents the total number of cars, bicycles and pedestrians that utilise Spring Street, Fitzroy.

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The observation periods were:

  • Weekday morning peak
  • Weekday day
  • Weekday evening peak
  • Weekday night
  • Weekend day
  • Weekend night

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The information collated included:

  • Number of cars passing through the street (direction, speed, time spent)
  • Number of bicycles passing through the street (direction, speed, time spent)
  • Number of pedestrians passing through the street (direction, speed, time spent)
  • Number of cars, bicycles and pedestrians arriving, departing, bypassing the street

Weekday 7am-8am

Weekday morning peak
Wednesday 20th August 2014
7 – 8am
8 degrees

Weekday 12pm-1pm

Weekday day
Wednesday 20th August 2014
12 – 1pm
12 degrees

Weekday 5pm-6pm

Weekday evening peak
Wednesday 20th August 2014
5 – 6pm
10 degrees

Weekday 9pm-10pm

Weekday night
Wednesday 20th August 2014
9 – 10pm
8 degrees

Weekend 12pm-1pm

Weekend day
Sunday 24th August 2014
12 – 1pm
18 degrees

Weekend 5pm-6pm

Weekend night
Sunday 24th August 2014
5 – 6pm
12 degrees

Spring Street : Rose Street

The data collated supports preliminary analysis undertook of the street. Worth noting is the glaring disparity between traffic passing though the street compared to traffic arriving at and departing the street. This is something that I want to further explore.

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Observations:

  • Spring Street is primarily used as a thoroughfare for cars, bicycles and pedestrians.
  • Traffic conditions are minimal due to the narrow nature of the street.
  • Cars, bicycles and pedestrians that access the street move through at a slow rate.
  • High volumes of traffic bypass the street via either Rose or Kerr Streets.
  • The Rose Street Market generates exceedingly high volumes of traffic on weekends.
  • Residential access requirements is minimal as there are only 8 residents on the street.
  • The majority of cars passing through the street are searching for a parking spot.
  • Businesses that back onto the street only use it for pickup and drop off (minimal).
  • There is a sense of disconnection from surrounding streets.

Image sources

  1. Spring Street / Kerr Street, this and subsequent images copyright by author.
  2. Site plan.
  3. Weekday morning peak.
  4. Weekday day.
  5. Weekday evening peak.
  6. Weekday night.
  7. Weekend day.
  8. Weekend night.
  9. Spring Street / Rose Street.
  10. Spring Street.
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Spring Street

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Spring Street is located in Fitzroy and runs between Kerr Street and Rose Street. Running parallel with Nicholson Street, it combines industrial, commercial, office and residential building types to generate a diverse street typology.

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With a width of 9m, Spring Street is primarily used by residents and businesses that face the street. A quiet street in the heart of Fitzroy, the site offers a great opportunity for redevelopment.

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Rose Street and Kerr Street provide high volumes of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers that use them on a daily basis. With direct access from Nicholson Street and Smith Street, Spring Street is often forgotten about.

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Kerr Street is a much wider street at 20m, which enables higher volumes of traffic. It is a main street used as a thoroughfare between Nicholson and Smith Streets. It contains a mixture of residential and commercial building types.

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This is prevalent with Rose Street too, with the Rose Street Artists’ Market being held on Saturdays and Sundays. With this existing program so close to Spring Street, I aim to address their disconnection from one another.

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Characteristics that resonated with me in Spring Street were the combining elements from Fitzroy’s industrial history with the emergence of residential pockets that have been developed in spaces that are still otherwise operated for commercial use.

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Located in close proximity to Nicholson Street, Johnston Street and Smith Street, there is a merging of interesting urban elements, which were starting points in narrowing down my street selection.

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Vegetation is also an area that I am aiming to focus on, with a lack of green space in close proximity to the street. Scatterings of trees can be seen on surrounding streets, but they do not offer significant greening to the urban environment.

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Fitzroy typically utilises its main streets as social hubs, filled with commercial programme enabling community engagement. Residential development ties in to these streets to generate a diverse typology. I believe this philosophy can be carried into Spring Street to create a new establishment.

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In moving forward, I want to create an environment where residents and businesses can interact. Challenging the notion of place, Spring Street is an investment looking to the future, inviting the existing community to come together.


Image sources

  1. Spring Street view, this and subsequent images copyright of author.
  2. Site overview.
  3. Spring Street analysis.
  4. Surrounding streets overview.
  5. Kerr Street analysis.
  6. Rose Street analysis.
  7. Building typologies.
  8. Surrounding vegetation.
  9. Residential / industrial.
  10. Industrial / commercial.

Superkilen

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Superkilen is an urban project situated in one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in Denmark. Conceived through an idea to support diversity, Superkilen uses culture as a means to address Copenhagen’s multiplicity by way of architecture, landscape architecture and art.

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The site is located in Norrebro, Copenhagen. Norrebro is popularly known for its ethnicity, with the site surrounded by residents from over 50 nationalities. Devised as a giant exhibition, Superkilen showcases the diversity of the people that live within the immediate vicinity of the park. Allowing each culture to nominate specific objects from other countries.

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57 objects from 57 cultures were chosen to symbolise everyday experiences and make up a global vernacular in the one space. Objects such as seating, signage, bins, trees and playgrounds were either produced in a 1:1 copy or bought and transported to the site.

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The project was undertaken by architectural heavyweights Bjarke Ingles Group in collaboration with landscape architecture studio Topotek1 and artist collective Superflex. First initiated by philanthropic organisation Realdania in 2004 as part of Partnerskabet, Superkilen finished construction in June 2014 at a total cost of 7.7 million euros.

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Realdania is a private philanthropic organisation based in Denmark that focuses on investment activities in both architecture and planning. Working in conjunction with the City of Copenhagen, it played a significant role in getting the Superkilen project off the ground.

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Stretching over 750 meters, Superkilen covers a total area of 30,000 square meters at an average width of 40 metres. The project programmes are divided into three main areas: The Red Square, The Black Market and The Green Park. Defined by the three colour coded areas, Superkilen offers distinctive functions and atmospheres as you move through the exhibition.

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Market / culture / sport: The Red Square is designed as an extension of the sports and cultural centre at Norrebrohall. Superkilen addresses the space by extending the conceived internal life from the hall. The square offers a large range of recreational spaces where local residents are able to meet up with one another and engage in physical activities and games.

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Urban Living Room – The Black Square is located in the heart of the Superkilen masterplan. This space is where locals are able to engage and relax while enjoying a game of backgammon or chess, as if it were your own living room. With paving lined with Japanese cherry trees, both pedestrians and cyclists are able to move through the site on designated paths that intersect with existing bike ramps that surround the site.

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Sport / play – The Green Park is where residents are able to engage with a number of sports facilities, ranging from the existing hockey field, basketball court and soccer field. With the theme of play, hills and trees frame the space with a feeling of relaxation and playfulness.

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Procured as a result of an invited competition initiated by the City of Copenhagen and Realdania, the project aimed to create an urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale. Superkilen primarily serves the community of Norrebro and Copenhagen’s surrounding districts, however thanks to the media coverage of the project, visitors from both within Denmark and overseas continue to use the space.

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In Superkilen’s design, sustainable urban principles were considered in the planning of the urban space. To create a more transparent infrastructure throughout the neighbourhood, existing bike paths and pedestrian walkways were recognised with new connections linking to surrounding neighbourhoods.

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The design process was heavily influenced by the local community. Public meetings and suggestion boxes were provided throughout the process to give voice to residents and allow for everyone to submit their own ideas for the proposal.

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The project has received a lot of media attention. There has been an overall positive response to the space from locals and critics. The spaces provided are thoroughly used by residents, who benefit from the safety and sense of local identity it provides.

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The Superkilen website is an up-to-date portal that can be used to access itineraries for planned events and activities.

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Melbourne’s inner suburban condition can definitely take note of the process involved in Superkilen and how the project responded to the ethnically diverse and socially challenged area of Norrebro. Through meaningful symbolisation of each culture a sense of community has been created, a lesson particularly relevant to our similarly diverse culture.


Image Sources

  1. The Red Square overview, sourced from Superflex.
  2. Superkilen aerial map, sourced from Archdaily.
  3. Nationalities, sourced from Archdaily.
  4. Site plan, sourced from Archdaily.
  5. Bike paths, copyright Iwan Baan. Image sourced from Archdaily.
  6. Aerial view, copyright Iwan Baan. Image sourced from Archdaily.
  7. The Red Square design ideas, sourced from Design Boom.
  8. The Black Square design ideas, sourced from Design Boom.
  9. The Green Park design ideas, sourced from Design Boom.
  10. Climbing frame, copyright Torben Eskerod. Image sourced from Archdaily.
  11. Hilltop, copyright Iwan Baan. Image sourced from Archdaily.
  12. Shovelling dirt, copyright Torben Eskerod. Image sourced from Archdaily.
  13. Celebration in the Red Square, copyright Hasse Ferrold. Image sourced from Archdaily.
  14. Black octopus, copyright Iwan Baan. Image sourced from Archdaily.
  15. Swing set, copyright Torben Eskerod. Image sourced from Archdaily.