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BEYOND THE (re) DECORATED SHED: EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR BIG BOX REUSE

by RUTLEDGE, KEVAN FOSTER

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Rendered obsolete through bankruptcy or expansion, the growing presence of empty big box stores across the country blights communities nationwide. However, while big box reuse is becoming more common, current trends in this area fail to constitute a model that can address the scale and complexity of the problem. This thesis investigates the practical and conceptual limitations of the current big box reuse model through an analysis of recent retail and non-retail reuse projects. Often, these projects are chiefly concerned with altering the image of the big box to shed the stigma of the former retailer. However, this practice can only produce simulations of reality, not true representations. The limitations of the current model inform methodological points that become the basis for a new reuse model, one that is capable of engaging a greater number of vacant lots and producing more programmatically diverse, environmentally conscious, and socially relevant projects.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:wal mart walmart big box boxes stores reuse adaptive typology lebanon oh

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Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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