Stop, Talk & Learn: socialization in a university open space
The purpose of this thesis is to document the design process of a project that has
enhancement of socialization as the primary goal. This study includes a review of the existing literature to determine the design elements that can improve socialization in the designed environment employing the theories of Randolph Hester (1975), Clare Cooper Marcus with Trudy Wischemann (1998) and William “Holly” Whyte (1980). These design elements are categorized by the types of socialization that they can facilitate: manifest, latent, and spontaneous interaction. Next, a case study of Spaights Plaza on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus was conducted to define the current socialization levels among university users. A new design addressing socialization elements was drafted, and a comparative analysis of the existing and proposed designs concludes the thesis.
School:Kansas State University
School Location:USA - Kansas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:socialization design campus university of wisconsin milwaukee landscape architecture 0390
Date of Publication:01/01/2006