The social life of unplanned social spaces : a study of how unplanned social spaces contribute to the urban context




Rivas, Anjelica Isabel

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By exploring the Barton Springs spillway and Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas, this master’s report seeks to understand the value of unplanned social spaces. Between planned, programmed, and designed urban spaces, there are spaces that are used in unplanned ways. Normative planning practices are informed by “placemaking” strategies with the goal to create or make a place. Inspired by the concepts of “everyday urbanism” and “terrain vague”, this report explores the value of those public spaces that exist between planned spaces and are used in unplanned ways. Furthermore, this report seeks to analyze the relationship between planned and unplanned spaces to understand the role of unplanned spaces within the urban fabric.


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