Interstitial Urbanity: Fragments of Place Within the Post-Modern City

by Tsui, Matthew

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis introduces Interstitial Urbanity as a strategy for addressing issues of urbanity and place within New York's peripheral developments. Driven primarily by market forces, these developer led office and condominium complexes are currently being constructed along the post-industrial shorelines of New York's outer boroughs. Interstitial urbanity proposes an urban centre: a fragment of place within a non-place settlement. The theory is manifested in the design of an interstice that sits within the Queens West development on the Long Island City waterfront. Taking the form of a multi-layered public space, the interstice is comprised of a waterfront market square flanked by a commuter train terminal and an arts centre housed in a turn of the century power plant.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Waterloo

School Location:Canada - Ontario

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:architecture urbanism urbanity new york city queens long island hunters point interstitial place real estate development


Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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