I am an Architecture Graduate who is completing a Master of Urban Planning & Design.This Masters is an interdisciplinary and collaborative program that integrates design skills and thinking with planning knowledge in real-world settings. My work experience in architecture practice has equipped me with design capability to visually communicate and prepare 3D drawings for project teams. Furthermore, I have several years of experience working in teams across industries and understand project and task management from that. I believe that doing that and spending time across different countries have trained me to be adaptable as a person and in my work.

Working with Industry Action Plan - Principle 4 - Improving Access

Improving Access aims to enhance active travel and public transport networks by tailoring them to suit residents and workers alike, and includes a complementary focus on improvements to way finding through local streetscapes

Map showing main access to the site in large scale.

Railway Access
Clifton Hill- Mernda line connects the selected precinct to the city. The nearby stations include
1.Coxton station
2.Thornbury station
3.Bell station
Another lane that connects the site is through Clifton Hill – Hurstbridge. The nearby stations include
4.Alphington Railway Station (Alphington)
5.Darebin Railway Station (Ivanhoe)
The site can be accessed by 10 to 20 minutes drive from these stations via bus or car or other medium.

Figure Ground Map Analysis

This figure-ground map showcases a number of key components that are useful for understanding how our study area is currently being used. The Northern Area has large building blocks, i,e., big warehouses which act as either a single large business or a cluster of businesses in a single building which are divided into smaller blocks. The Southern Area shows the majority of the buildings as smaller footprint indicating areas of residential and mixed zone land use. Most of the businesses share large car parking spaces with other nearby businesses though some buildings have individual car parking spaces. This space can be converted into innovative and active spaces with multi purpose usage.

Map showing the current transportation network around site

Most of the workforce in East Preston relies on cars to travel to work. Approximately 87 % of people employed in the area travel to work by car, either as the driver or a passenger. Active travel options are under-utilised, as demonstrated by Census data which shows that people who travel by train then bus, those who take the bus alone, and those who cycle to work each only account for around 1% of people employed in the area. Taking a broader view of movement, the existing nature of local streetscapes that have limited signage or few active frontages to the public, presenting an additional opportunity for transformation. The site is more connected to outside through bus transportation.

Illustration of Enhancing active travel networks delivering local mobility.

1. Introduce new bike lanes, focusing on connecting residential areas to key local industrial employment areas, as well as nearby services and amenities.
2. Establish more fluid and inviting pedestrian networks, focused on connecting residential and mixed-use zones to the creek via industrial areas.
3. Survey the usage of new routes.
4. Hold local forums to understand users’ evolving attitudes

Hand sketch showing Parking Space activation attracting more users.

The figure ground map analysis showed us a lot of space being under utilized and this contribute for urban heat island effect. The changes proposed for the current parking spaces are listed below.
1. More vegetation for shades.
2. Permeable ground surface.
3. Established connection into the creek side.
4. Sitting Space with shades
5. Dedicated bike parking and cycle lanes
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