“A kick off meeting establishes consensus among the internal team, which can save time and energy in later phases of the project.” – Design Workshop
On site discussion of project area. Image: ASLA
Following the kickoff meeting, the project team conducted a site tour to explore and document the conditions of the neighborhood. The group walked through the majority of the thirteen blocks included in the project area. Discussions focused on existing conditions such as drainage, infrastructure, tree health, historic/cultural development, views, mobility, land use, shade and human comfort, and signage. ASLA staff added their personal experiences working and walking through the Chinatown neighborhood.
The heat of the day allowed participants to truly understand a pedestrian’s experience walking these mostly shade-less streets, but also provided the opportunity to take a few preliminary baseline measurement. A temperature gun, part of Design Workshop’s tool kit, was used to compare temperatures in the sun and shade – often with a 20 degree difference!
The design team recorded observations and group comments on printed maps. These circles, “x”es, and notes will be translated into key observations and provided as a summary document after the meeting.
Project area and route for the site tour. Image: Design Workshop