Process

PLACE LOGIC delivers outputs as a single-stage process or iterative cycles in parallel with a planning or masterplanning design process. At each stage typically the process involves 3 operations:

RECORDING

Gathering baseline data 

The starting point for each PLACE LOGIC analysis is the definition of the boundaries of the study area. The available GIS mapping data is translated into usable maps with nodes and linkages. The street network can be categorised into types of movement (pedestrian, cycle, car) depending on the required purpose of the analysis.


ANALYSING

Measure 1: Street Activity analysis

Active routes are the routes through which most people are likely to pass: 

  • PLACE LOGIC maps indicate how much activity is likely to occur on each route in a chosen area
  • A temperature gradient is applied from more active routes (red) to less active routes (blue)
  • Areas can be measured at a variety of scales, from a region to a neighbourhood

Interpreting the analysis

The Street Activity maps for Winchester City Centre show which streets will have the highest footfall. This information can be used to estimate retail and other commercial values and also as guidance in the design of the public realm.


ANALYSING

Measure 2: Place Connectivity analysis

Well-connected intersections tend to be at the centre of places:

  • PLACE LOGIC maps indicate which part or parts of an area are better connected than others
  • A temperature gradient is applied from more connected places (red) to less connected places (blue)
  • Areas can be measured at a variety of scales, from a region to a neighbourhood

Interpreting the analysis

The Place Connectivity maps for Winchester City Centre show the likely locations for local centres and commercial activity. These locations, generated by computer, correspond remarkably accurately with the actual locations of local commercial centres within the city.