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PUBLIC DESIGN IN TODAY'S URBAN SOCIETY

by CLARK II, DONALD EDWARD

Abstract (Summary)
Today people no longer interact socially as they previously did—the television is a social outlet for many, while others interact with strangers while using the drive-through. Urban public design has not changed enough to allow for a meaningful exchange that generates a bonding interaction. However, the way people interact with each other is still governed by the same set of primal sociologic principles. These along with an analysis of a select number of historical spaces and cultures—focusing primarily on how the people built, interacted in, and were manipulated by their public spaces will establish a baseline for a comparison of today’s society. Finally, an exploration into social theory and the current socio-economic-political circumstances will help to show reasons for the change/loss of interaction in today’s society. These paths of exploration have led to a generic design solution applicable to most urban situations and a specific application in Cincinnati.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:interaction urban design public changes in society

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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