Sense[s] of Place: A Community Revitalization Through Repurposing the Mall Using Psychological Design Methods
Davis, Matthew S.
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Architecture
Bibliography: page 85
"Architecture is dependent on individuals and/or groups to use, measure and experience spaces that have been created and designed. Likewise, architectural forms and spaces have impact on participants resulting in psychological, behavioral and physical reactions. Although some may believe that architecture is passive in this relationship - not creating a human response or reaction - there is much scientific research that proves that particular spaces do, in fact, create emotional and physical responses, and one can design for a specific experiential place and state. Studying the physical spaces that people inhabit, along with psychological reactions to spatial elements and investigating certain human physical reactions will further a defense for architectural forms having influence on a user’s body language. Investigating how elements of architecture impact the psychology of an individual - and a community - this thesis aims to redefine the idea of a mall. While many associate retail with the term mall, socially it is the idea of community; whether that occurs in an enclosed space or a promenade. The American shopping mall is a thing of the past; a place where groups and communities gathered to associate. The shopping mall became the center of suburbia, even gaining enough importance that neighborhoods were designed and planned around its location. The impacts of abandoned malls degrade the community’s commerce, increase crime rates, lower property values and decrease activity. By reusing abandoned mall sites as opportunities for community interaction, influenced by the citizens, these once ruinous properties can be revitalized as dynamic places."
Keywords: American mall, architecture, body language, public space, senses, revitalization
CHAIR: Singeisen, Scott R.
PDF : 85 pages, illustrations (some color), maps, plans
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