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THE CITY'S LIVING ROOM: FLEXIBILITY AND MULTIPLICITY IN URBAN PUBLIC SPACE

by KELPE, JANELLE ANN

Abstract (Summary)
Public spaces within cities – the streets, sidewalks, and squares - act as the grand stage on which urban experiences occur. They provide a place for shared human experiences and spontaneous interactions. However, while there are many successful public spaces around the world, many efforts to design urban plazas and squares have resulted in cold, un-engaging spaces. In these past attempts, the natural existing condition of the city has been ignored, the imperfect and spontaneous characteristics pushed aside in favor of idealistic, almost utopian designs. It can be conjectured that it is these imperfections and inconsistencies that characterize the spaces loved so dearly. This thesis will explore a new way of thinking about urban public spaces, one that embraces the everyday, the dynamic and varied nature of the city, while respecting the history and memory of a given place, specifically through the redesign of Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:urbanism public space boston everyday multiplicity plaza revitalization urban renewal city hall adaptive re use flexibility

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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