PA question #5 pages 62-63: https://www.ncarb.org/sites/default/files/ARE5-Handbook.pdf
i'm trying to wrap my head around the logic of this question. can any current or past testers help me figure out what i am missing?
it was referenced in relation to some testers having problems with a specific type of problem with a "body of water question" feeling that there was not enough information presented to answer correctly. supposedly they were reading too much into it? i've been trying to read up on this issue with no luck and now i am trying this question and i am having a hard time.
at the end of the day i just want to make sure i test well when i encounter this type of question.
the problem states the following:
1. building is five stories above grade and two stories below grade
2. number of apartments with balconies and a view should be maximized
3. building should be "contextual within the community in regards to massing, scale and detail."
answer provided is lot 1. reasons given are that the immediately adjacent buildings are 5 stories and it has "access to daylight on three sides" with "views to the city park to the north and the lake to the south".
lot 6 is stated as having "surrounding context of smaller scale" and thus incorrect.
i just don't see this. we are provided with a building of five stories. this is the only given. there are two other qualitative variables (1) "number of apartments with balconies and a view should be maximized" and (2) "building should be contextual within the community in regards to massing, scale and detail".
lot 1 has a city park to the north (not "contextual" is it?) and an offices of 5 stories immediately adjacent, a street and an office of 5 stories across the street. then there is an office of 6 stories to the northwest.
lot 4 has surface parking and a vacant lot to the north - two buildings of 5 stories to the west and east and one of 3 stories to the northwest. it can arguably be ruled out for not maximizing balconies with views but it cannot be ruled out for "context" can it?
lot 6 has a sliver of surface parking to the north and office 3 stories to the west. it has (apparently) NOTHING to the east except a street. there are a pair of buildings of 2 and 3 storeis to the north and a vacant lot to the northwest. t.
lot 6 is LONGER adjacent to the lake by a factor of 2 as compared to the lot 1, it has no apparent blocked view to the east and it has views (at least currently) over a surface parking lot ot the north and a vacant lot to the northwest. even without the additional view east and north it seems to me it unarguably has as much or more opportunity for balconies with a view.
this means that lot 6 is ruled out apparently because the context of 2 and 3 stories as compared to 5 and 6 for a 5 story building would put it out of context.
seems to me like 6 is easily a correct answer.
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