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Designer Guide

Design an Urban Park - Advanced Level


Step by Step Instructions

Before your neighborhood was built, nature had the run of the
place. But as housing for people replaced their natural habitat,
all those critters and wildflowers had to find someplace else to
live. Maybe a corner was left for a small park with a playground,
paths, and benches—it too was built with people in mind, not

Gather your materials.
First download Autodesk® AutoCAD®, then download the
starter files in the .zip folder for this challenge. In the starter files,
you’ll find a step by step guide, software tutorial videos, and data
sets to help you get started.

Here’s how you can welcome nature back into the heart of
the city, and make human residents happier and healthier: use
computer-aided design (CAD) software to renovate a small
community park, creating an urban ecosystem where flowers
bloom, birds sing, and kids play. The Project Brief provides
background on this green space challenge.

Everything else you need to succeed as a designer is
right in this guide, including:
instructions that walk you through the design challenge
design process, describing each phase of the challenge
how-to videos to pick up the software skills needed for
your design


See how it’s done.
Industry professionals use the design process to
understand their target audience and create a design that meets
their needs. Follow the design process through this challenge.


Make it.
Collaborate with your class and teachers on a design
solution, and build Revit models to present your ideas with
the help of software tutorial videos. Download Autodesk 360
to view, share, and edit design files with your teacher and
classmates. (This includes 5GB of free cloud storage.)


Share your success.
Upload your final 3D design to the Digital STEAM
Workshop for the world to admire, announce your success on
social media (hashtag #digitalsteam), and enjoy the kudos – you
earned them!


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and sketches in a Design Notebook. but it’s not always easy squeezing greenery and recreational space into crowded urban downtowns. local business. Turns out a little park can have a big impact on air quality. even mental health. and keep track of your ideas. What if some of that open street space could be reclaimed for people to use instead of cars? Once started transforming parking spaces. vacant lots.Designer Guide Design an Urban Park . and neglected corners into urban oases. notes. Just follow the process outlined below. he noticed a change in urban neighborhoods. where just a few cars take up a lot of space. To work through this design challenge.Page 2 . He noticed there wasn’t much open space between buildings except for streets.Advanced Level . Understand Explore W Define & a p h 8 Ideate Prototype Refine Solution Design an Urban Park. livable cities. you’ll be using the same 7 steps that architects like Riyad use every day.Advanced Level Design Process RG Architects principal Riyad Ghannam is a LEED-certified architect dedicated to building green.

a Explore possible solutions and design considerations. climate. Make notes of your material selections and design criteria in your Design Notebook. Next. Consult the site plan you’ve been given. consider park elements that would be a draw for residents. and how could it provide a habitat to local wildlife? How can a small park deliver big returns in public health. Do the environment a favor. and neighborliness? How could your park renovation bring more healthy. and tourists. waterways. trash cans. and neighborliness? Notice when people leave a park how their behavior changes. you’ll have to convince the city that the renovation is worth the investment. Who’s your target audience. bicycle parking. and design your small park out of 100% recyclable material. inspiring.Advanced Level . W Design an Urban Park . artists. one acre. neighborly activities and behavior to a gritty city block? Go online or visit your local library to find examples of famous small park designs. soil erosion.Advanced Level Understand the design challenge. Which activities promote health. and state building codes. Keep in mind that your design needs to comply with city. Define the design criteria. lighting. How many sidewalk activities promote health. and make notes in your Design Notebook. business owners. seating. including air quality.Designer Guide Design an Urban Park . signage. Watch how people behave in a city park. and note the different activities taking place. county. What does green space mean to people in the neighborhood. safety. including tree and shade planting. and measure all your elements to make sure they can fit within the space allotted—in this case. and how can your small park renovation better address their different needs? Outline the design requirements for your small park renovation. and how activities on a sidewalk are different from the ones in the park. commuters. How many people could your renovated park serve. athletes. Why is green space important in a city? Discuss how green space can affect the environment. happiness. and pets? To get city permits for your park renovation project. happiness. students. and wildlife.Page 3 . such as children. seniors. and fit within your budget of $750. and the star attraction: an interactive water feature.000. How have they addressed some of the urban issues you observed? What kinds of improvements do you think the designers could have made to solve these problems? Write down your observations in your Design Notebook. and environmental benefits? Hold a discussion with your peers to answer these questions.

This is your chance to turn an underutilized green space into a relaxing neighborhood destination for families. Capture a few basic small park designs in your Design Notebook. This is your chance to explain how your design will address the needs of neighbors. while still meeting the design requirements. Once you have a final 3D design for your small park design. sustainable and beautiful? Test your design: play around in AutoCAD and see if you can add cool design elements to your small park. or play around with scrap materials or AutoCAD software to create your small park design. in groups of two or more students. keep it constructive and encouraging. songbirds.Advanced Level Ideate designs to address the challenge. When you’ve got some small park ideas sketched out. visitors. p Refine your design. How could you make it even more functional. so you can look at your small park from every angle and see how it works in practice. Choose one or two desk renovation ideas to develop into a CAD drawing with AutoCAD. making improvements based on feedback. Then. . and take lots of notes in your Design Notebook.Page 4 . In your Design Notebook. & Prototype your best designs in AutoCAD software. discuss them with your classmates to help you decide which ones are most promising.Designer Guide Design an Urban Park . track the software skills you learned well. If you get stuck on your design. share it with your classmates. Those notes will be your guide to refine your CAD drawing until you achieve the effect you want. discuss your design to pinpoint what’s working. Does your design meet the criteria you outlined in the Define phase? What could you add or take away to make the small park more multifunctional or sustainable? When you’re exchanging feedback. and plantlife. h Design an Urban Park .Advanced Level . AutoCAD how-to videos [link] can help you work through the details. and which ones you need to practice. Sketch out park renovation ideas that meet your design requirements and show your imagination—the bolder. capturing the best features of two or more prototypes in a winning design. and what needs tweaking. local wildlife. and the occasional brave squirrel. You might decide to combine concepts. the better.

Blocks -. what other designs can you imagine that could bring nature back into the city? 8 How-to Videos Need a refresher on beginning and intermediate skills in AutoCAD® software? Check out AutoCAD how-to videos to make sure you have the skills you need for this project.Tool palettes -.Linetypes -.Plotting Design an Urban Park .Grip editing -. including: Intermediate level: -.Line.Designer Guide Design an Urban Park . explaining in detail how your small park redesign addresses the design criteria and meets your target audience’s needs—how it serves residents and visitors while sustaining the neighborhood’s original inhabitants: local plants and wildlife. Anticipate tough questions in your presentation. and gradients -. rectangle. so share it! Get ready to present your design and detailed concept to teachers. arc. Afterwards.Advanced Level . students.Polyline.Object snaps and tracking -. fills.Object selection and properties -.User interface and navigation -.Viewport controls -. You might even make a physical model of your design as a visual aid for your presentation. spline and ellipse tools Beginner level: Need a little extra help? Want to learn more? Design like a professional with how-to videos that cover advanced skills in Autodesk® AutoCAD® software. capture the experience in your Design Notebook by writing down how each phase helped you renovate the park.Hatching. including: • Multiline text • Adcenter Prerequisites • Materials library • Geolocation -. and guests. circle. including fillet and chamfer -.Plotting environments -.Page 5 .Advanced Level Solution – you’ve got it.Coordinate systems and entry -.Modify tools.Adding dimensions -. and polygon drawing tools -. What were some of the inspirations behind your original sketch? How did feedback help improve your design? Now that you’ve brought a neglected park back to life.