MORPHOLOGY, TYPOLOGY AND MOBILITY OF SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS.
The urban morphology of San Pedro de Macoris varies greatly in terms of scale and layout. The combination of densely populated organic spaces, large industrial buildings and medium density, planned commercial and residential zones creates an interesting urban landscape. The central corridor of larger scale commercial and public buildings contains the majority of the city’s services, including schools and a hospital. The location of these implies that San Pedro de Macoris displays the form of typical rural settlement in the fact that the city has developed around these elements. This also creates a more structured urban fabric, than the dense organic spaces which made up by a plethora of small, slum like residences. The undeveloped and less established nature of these organic spaces could also indicate that they are more recent developments, as they do not follow the structured pattern that Spanish founded cities traditionally display.
The figure ground map clearly displays the varying scale of buildings within the urban fabric of the city. The contrast between small residential structures and larger commercial and mixed use buildings is obvious and easily recognisable.
The functional analysis of the inner city area reaffirms the notion that services are located in a centralised zone within the city. The functional analysis clearly indicates a central corridor within the city which is populated by commercial and public buildings. This space combines large and small retail stores, banks, restaurants, schools, churches, medical centers and public buildings to form a zone within the city that provides nearly all the services that are required by the residents of San Pedro de Macoris. The service zone is flanked on both sides by residential areas and is intersected by major traffic corridors, making it easy to access and a key component in the functionality of the city.
Key buildings within the cityscape are highlighted, there include public buildings, service facilities and notable landmarks.
The above street section demonstrates the variety of built structures within the city. This highlights the different typologies and built forms within the city.
Much like the previous section, this street section demonstrates the variety of spaces within the city. The image depicts the streetscape and provides an idea of the nature of the space and how it is occupied.
There are numerous key building typologies within the city. Three dominant building types include memorial buildings, single story residential buildings and double story, multi use buildings. Examples of these are shown below.
The double story mixed use building is an integral part in the functionality of the city. The ground floor of these buildings is usually used as a retail space while the levels above are residential spaces.
The nolli map of the city highlights key public buildings and their location within the city. This demonstrates a strong relationship between the city and the river and also provides an indication of the origins of the city and the location of the first built forms.
The central urban area of San Pedro de Macoris is intersected by a number of one way streets, as shown in this mobility analysis. This red arrows highlight the one way streets and the direction in which the traffic travels along them. This street system makes the cityscape harder to navigate although it may improve traffic conditions in the area. The city’s main streets are predominantly one way roads, while secondary streets are regular and connect these major paths.
The physical model of the city also provides a view on the urban form and the nature of the building types within the city. The model displays the difference between large industrial buildings and smaller residential structures and the close relationship they have with one another within the urban fabric of the city.