Wasted Space: Reimagining and Repurposing Spaces
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Cities throughout the world have developed urban landscapes sprawling with buildings of various uses, green spaces linking neighborhoods and networks of transportation systems. Some areas within these types of cities have unused spaces that may be used for the community’s benefit, which are considered wasted spaces. These would be locations under freeways, empty lots, unused rooftops and even land that was once used for another purpose but has now been abandoned or deemed unsafe. We may change these spaces to be community meeting areas for events, recreation or even learning centers with a mix of urban green space and multi-use buildings. Reusing these types of spaces with the intent of creating a new usable and meaningful urban program for the community it resides in may revamp what cities include within their city planning. With conducting case study research and simulating this new urban programming, this thesis may answer the question as to how we as architects may incorporate every space within a city to better serve its community, no matter the location.