Temporary Landscapes: Physically Distanced, Socially Together
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Temporary landscapes are where things happen, the bread and butter of urban life. Social, political, and economic battles have been waged in the open spaces of our cities. This is where change starts and grows. Even now, during a time when daily life is filled with Zoom meetings, Black Lives Matter marches are happening. Another breed of protesters stormed the capital. While the morality of these actions are in question, things are constantly happening in the temporary which effect how we remember and use spaces. The scope of this design thesis is to understand how to leverage temporary spaces during a different type of social unrest- infectious disease. This design looks at the phasing of temporary space, the arrangement of elements which impact and encourage participation in social distancing, and the social aspect of placing temporary landscapes. It will examine a temporary landscape the size of several parking spaces. The research methodology will include an analysis of temporary landscapes, current landscape habits (ex. pedestrians walk on the right side of the sidewalk and congregate at intersections), and social distancing best practices. These patterns will be used to identify pain points where social distancing is not followed and inform theoretical models of circulation and use of small spaces. A successful design will encourage social distancing while creating a usable outdoor space during a time when public outdoor space is a critical asset for mental and physical well-being.