Aspers, Pennsylvania

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Aspers, Pennsylvania is a small area of land nestled in between Harrisburg and Gettysburg.  Recording a Population of 2,211 people in 2012, the median age being 41 years old.  Aspers, is a Latin word meaning harsh, rough, and severe.  This may be a reflection of the sweeping landscape and undulating mountain ranges that make up the geological composition of the area.

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Aspers has direct routes that link it to surrounding cities such as Shippensburg, Carlisle, Harrisburg, York, and Gettysburg.  Being primarily farm land and hill sides, Aspers is sprawl of land encompassing nearly 0.55 square miles (1.42 km), of which 0.53 square miles (1.36 km) is land and 0.037 miles (0.06 km), or 4.40%, is water.

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The highlighted area represents a proposed area for a multitude of possibilities.  Surrounded by Ely Orchards, and having a lot of tree coverage, the site presents an interesting dichotomy of water and land.  "Opossum Run" [blue], a main stream that runs throughout Aspers, splits directly through the site.  A split off of Opossum Run, "Yutdut run" [pink], traverses directly through the site as well, intersecting almost directly at the center.  This will offer an opportunity for water re-cycling/re-use/re-purposing.

 

Site Visit 2-2-2013

As I begin to put my site analysis / site plan graphics together from my trip this weekend, I wanted to post these photos of the site awhile.  The site is a really cool place with a lot of opportunity.   The first pic is looking from the existing house up towards where Yut Dut run meets with opossum creek. This area is the widest part of the stream at about 17 feet across.  The bottom picture is of me sketching, along with Daisy (Andrew's Dog).  This is closer to the actual proposed site.  As I was looking around, most of the site is either within a flood plane, or wet lands.  Although my site is a bit more limited than I initially anticipated.  There is still a lot of opportunity.  Site plan and Site analysis are in progress.  

Site Analysis

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This is a quick analysis that I put together after my site visit the other day.  There are two entrances to the property.  One access way is on the east side that goes directly in front of the existing house and links to the existing driveway, and the other is from the north and links you to the other side of the stream.  The bridge is pretty large, constructed of steel and wood, it is about 60 feet long and 12 foot wide.  The existing house is located (larger building), and along with the existing studio (smaller building).  A tree recently took out part of the studio and it will more than likely be demolished.  Prevailing winds come from the west and follow the ridge-line to the east.  The stream creates some nice sound that is more noticeable at the larger parts.  Traffic presents some sound pollution as well, but it is often muffled by the stream.  There is a large "flood area" that is mainly wetlands.  It often floods and would be pointless to consider building around that site.

All in all, the site is really unique.  The more I walked around, the more I could see the opportunity for architecture.  As I reach the deadline for milestone one, I am pleased with the progress, and I feel ahead of the game.  I am anxious to start some models/paintings/drawings.  I plan on cranking out the scope of design, and programmatic needs for the structure tomorrow; after that, the fun will begin.