Mending Public Space

Preface:


Public spaces in large part follow cookie-cutter urban design principals. These systematic designs aim to make cities functional and accessible for citizens. While the goverment addresses certain community needs with this approach to the development of public spaces, these standardized designs do not respond to the distinctive needs and social dynamics within a community, thus hindering the development of place. For the purpose of this project the term ‘place‘ describes a space that responds to these distinctive local conditions.


Opportunity:

 

In this project, both physical and social aspects of ‘mending’ will be considered within public spaces. Having communities consider the unique social and physical needs in their public spheres addresses the limitations of these spaces and offers insight into how they might be mended to better suit their communities’ needs. I am curious about what evolves when people take stewardship of distanced spaces, and I am curious to see how local needs and desires can shape public spaces and create a sense of place.


Approach:

 

Personal engagements within public spheres are crucial to citizens relating to a place rather than just seeing it and using it. The practice based interventions in this project consider the interconnectivity between physical mending and social mending and see how the two parts work together to create place. The interventions will serve as a research tool in developing urban design tactics that consider mending as a means for realting to and evolving pubic spaces.


Intent:

 

The emotional bonds formed through acts of mending create relationships to place that are personally relatable and embodied. It also introduces the idea of an evolving place, with evolving objects, materials, functions, and social needs that are responded to throughout time.