Campus Place-Making: Assessing Outdoor Spaces at the University of Texas to Improve Student Experience
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In this thesis, I aim to answer the question: How can the University of Texas’ campus be improved to better utilize outdoor spaces to serve the needs of the students? To address this question, I take a multifaceted approach that first analyzes UT’s campus to assess the ways that the University currently does or does not provide these spaces for students. This includes a justification of my research, as well as a comprehensive history and analysis of the campus landscape. In the second part of the thesis, I propose a redesign of the Honors Quad Courtyard, one of the University’s current outdoor spaces, as a way of exemplifying how areas can be revitalized for student use.. Through this proposal, I hope to show that the University could greatly benefit from the increased beautification and functionality of currently underutilized outdoor spaces.