Urban Negative : A manual for Interstitial Spaces
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.U.D.) -- Urban Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Urban Design
Annotated bibliography: page 173.
"In any given city, there are slivers and portions of awkward spaces. To classify them they would be in between buildings, occupying edge conditions, not enough to occupy any form of traditional use which can be termed ‘residual’. The phenomenon of excess in the modern city which can be understood as waste of space, waste of public realm and waste of discarded materials is the result of passive actions. The urban voids are an important component in the built environment. With the discovery of each urban voids, whats the thesis revolves, is the enormity of its hidden potentials in these urban voids. However, today’s urban design is more concerned about the built. This thesis revitalizes some of the very important slivers in the city space. It aims to create a manual for dealing with such voids which can act as a catalyst in developing the environment. The research aims to emphasize the potential of the abundance of waste which can be reinvigorated through urban scale intervention. The idea is to reactivate residual spaces which can trigger for social capital and discarded space regeneration. The research intends to create a scenario of residual space reactivation through temporary use and community participation using required intervention tools. The emphasis is on creating multi-faceted responsive environment that respects both – the user and public experience. The research methodology plans to include the analysis and cataloging of a variety of residual spaces which can be culminated in a design proposal for an urban intervention. In general, residual spaces tend to be treated as land put aside for future urban occupations, environmental reserves or simply no-man’s land. My intention of this thesis is to reverse the negative impression of such spaces and thinking positively as an open space with maximum plausible potentials. The aim is to highlight the importance of considering these spaces as components and structuring elements of urban occupation. The research is an elaboration of a method of recognition, analysis, evaluation and proposal of the planning of residual spaces. The result is presented as a catalogue for dealing with such voids and turning them into potentials."
Keywords: urban infill, voids, interstitial spaces, urban design
CHAIR: Madson, Ryan
PDF : 173 pages, illustrations (some color), maps, plans
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