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Activating Vancover's Laneways: Re: Imagining the Downtown Eastsides Under-Utilised Public Spaces
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As a departure point for this thesis project, I retain a duality of presuppositions. The first maintains that the city of Vancouver’s laneways have long existed as under-utilised and under-appreciated, in-between spaces; hidden in plain site (Loukaitou-Sideris 1996), often deteriorating and habitually prevailing in a dilapidated state of disrepair. The second notion asserts that - despite their current materiality - these spaces inherently retain innumerable potentialities for re-imagination and activation.

Accordingly, much of the discussion is based on the role of spatial imaginaries and their impact on how we both interact with, and are affected by, the physical environment. Principal to the appropriation of this concept is the idea that there exists a two-way process. Essentially, how we imagine a space, generates the conditions upon which we act towards, and consequently, interact with, said space. Counteractively, it also considers the role of the physical environment as a determinant in the emergence of spatial imaginaries.

The primary aims of this analysis are to better comprehend the processes which have created and continue to influence the physical composition(s) of the laneways, as we both see and experience them today. Once mindful of these processes, the projects resolve is to offer a series of recommendations which can conceivably culminate in both the expeditious and long-term activation of these spaces.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 71 p.
SoM EX, 2013-01
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-152208OAI: diva2:749204
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Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
Available from: 2014-09-30 Created: 2014-09-23 Last updated: 2014-09-30Bibliographically approved

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