This post is by Tucker Bryant, Zirai Huang, Mercedes Peterson, Yuxiao Pu
The bulk of the progress made so far in team Land Use (a better name is to be decided) has been in solidifying our research purpose, approach, and plan. As far as our purpose is concerned, we decided that, with the resources available to us, we wanted to focus our study on understanding who in Beijing has access to what kinds of services and amenities—a question whose answer lies in the way Beijing’s land is used. We felt that this would be an important question to investigate because answering it will help us understand how different living environments around the city can influence the degree to which a citizen’s day-to-day needs are met, and how a lack of access to certain services can lead to costs (especially environmentally and economically) that have important implications on the sustainability of Beijing’s urban communities.
In order to answer our research question, we will be investigating land use patterns around two different types of residences. One will be an older apartment building with socialist characteristics, and the other will be a more modern commercial apartment building. The reason we have chosen to compare land use patterns around these two buildings is because they tend to be occupied by substantially different demographics, which may help us to understand what kinds of people do and do not have access to services in Beijing. Our research will involve us venturing to these two residences and making a record of every public amenity within a 500 m radius of the building. These services will be separated into 17 different categories in order to give us an idea of what the service provision is like for people in different living scenarios. We will be doing this research on Monday and Tuesday, meaning that our next step is to complete the physical field work and to process the data to be ready for a visualization in our final presentation.