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  • A public landscape for Galveston, Texas 

    Engblom, Stephen Carl (1996)
    A lack of non-commodified public space in Galveston was revealed through a series of analysis. The current state of a town that is undergoing a transformation from an agro-industrial economy to a tourist based economy is ...
  • A waste water treatment plant as a contemporary public space 

    Ziegler, Claudia Jeanne (2007)
    The piazza is failing as a typology of public space in Florence, Italy due to sprawl, tourism, and the profuse use of the car. However, the city of Florence keeps building new piazzas to act as a public space inside the ...
  • Amphibious landscapes 

    Fisher, Lynn Lucille (1999)
    The ground in Houston is a shifting landscape of heavy clay soils, flat topography, and intense rainfall. When this environment is overlaid with fixed, man-made infrastructures, the two systems interact to exacerbate natural ...
  • Artifacts of nature 

    Hoogland, Henry C. J., III (2004)
    Humans are inextricably linked to the ecosystems they inhabit. The making of artifacts in our environment invariably changes the trajectory of already mutable systems, affecting change in both nature and culture. This ...
  • B(u)y the sea 

    Montag, John Dominic (2003)
    This thesis proposes an alternative development for the Odaiba reclamation site. This alternative consists of terrain manipulation and modified infrastructure, as well as procedural guidelines. By forgrounding the artificiality ...
  • Building a new plot cartography 

    Supiciche, Ricardo (2006)
    The plot is the basic delimitation where a diverse range of systems (natural or artificial) interact and begin to form the cartography of the land. "Building a new plot cartography" is a proposal to understand the interaction ...
  • Contingent patterns 

    Cross, Robert Jason (2010)
    Contingent Patterns looks to challenge the classical assumptions of variation and contingency in todays urban model. Starting with a lineage of conceptual planning and occupation strategies---the highway is antagonized as ...
  • Distributed Dionysia 

    Walsh, Seanna (2010)
    Public space in the American city is in a state of social and spatial indeterminacy. Situated within a sprawling aggregation of suburban back lawns, the redundant green space of the park appears as an absurd deformity in ...
  • Erasure 

    Young, Jessica Leslie (2002)
    Control of water in the metropolis has occurred most dominantly through methods of channelization, or moving water across the landscape, contributing to the current infrastructural organization of bayous. If the principle ...
  • evento-barrio: scaping the wall 

    Ceballos, Maria del Mar (2009)
    Working in the context of the best-known Puerto Rican informal community, La Perla, this thesis explores the possibility of creating informal walls as a strategy for simultaneously generating events and defining the spaces ...
  • Gezi Park Kampanyasi: Resurfacing an urban park/Istanbul/2002--2006 

    Durusoy, Cemre (2001)
    Open spaces, like urban parks in cities are impaired between the bureaucracy of the city government and the imperatives of commercialization. They are stagnant, unable to challenge the imagination. They melt into the ...
  • Houston inside, slowly 

    Moreau, Lee (2000)
    When Houston looks at itself, it is usually through a windshield. As Reyner Banham realized in Los Angeles, one must learn to drive in order to experience the city at the rate and scale in which it is continuously designed. ...
  • Houston needs a mountain: Towards a new monumentality 

    Oliveros, Lysle L. (2009)
    Garbage is a global problem. In Texas, soft regulations and landfill closures have made way for the dawn of the mega landfill. The reduction of landfill locations multiplied by extreme suburban sprawl, has forced the ...
  • Hybrid sponges 

    Murillo, Victor Manuel (2003)
    The ground in Houston is characterized by its low permeability rate. This condition, combined with the standard manner of building construction, is pushing the drainage system to the limits, increasing the possibility of ...
  • Living with topography 

    Lee, Philip (2003)
    Opportunities lay in areas not typically thought of in terms of design. Earth moving is not typically considered further than the initial site excavation. In Houston, earthwork is constant, often changing land incrimentally. The ...
  • Mobile Transactions Architecture: Lagos---rethinking the drive through market 

    Mokwe, Nkiruka Nicole (2009)
    MOBILE TRANSACTIONS ARCHITECTURE learns from Lagos' "publiccongestion" infrastructures to create a new architectural typology: The drive through market, an intensification of the interchange market phenomenon. It anticipates ...
  • Mobilization of the multi-tasking machine: Up-cycling the interstate and defense highways 

    Frantom, Wyatt Jacob (2001)
    The metropolis is governed by a certain internal logic, an ' operating system' that we are often blind; initiated at the command line and materialized through mass mobility. The code for this operating system is realized ...
  • Nuevo parque central de la emergencia nacional, para las ciudades de Tegucigalpa y Comayaguela 

    Alfaro, Ernesto (2000)
    In the aftermath of 1998's Hurricane Mitch, the republic of Honduras faces imposing obstacles in its reconstruction. The capital city of Tegucigalpa visibly bears the stress marks caused by collapse and flooding. The axial ...
  • P.L.A.T.F.O.R.M. The Public of Lagos Agency of Trash Formation, Organization, Remediation, and Management 

    Lee, Brian (2012-09-05)
    Lagos, Nigeria is a city of rapidly shifting conditions and perpetual crises with issues of over population, pollution, limited circulation, waste management, density, poverty, and social disparity. These conditions have ...
  • Poetic interventions in the open city: Homo Viator and landscape in Houston and Randstad, Holland (Texas) 

    Driessen, Erik Otto (1996)
    The Haarlemmermeer Polder resembles the Sleeping Beauty awaiting the Prince's kiss: it is a void filled with opportunity in the dispersed metropolitan landscape of Randstad, Holland. Like Houston, it is densely urban, yet ...
  • Representing occulted projections: Cultivating anamorphic visions in the Paradise Garden 

    Casey, Aaron (2000)
    Our conception of Paradise is derived from the Old Persian word pairidaeza, referring directly to a hidden, walled garden. Such a mythical garden protects its occupant from the extrinsic gaze of those less fortunate. Taqiyah ...
  • Sea change or, impending dune 

    Schuster, Kristin Akkerman (2003)
    The slow disaster of shoreline erosion has been met with various human attempts to control the relationship between Galveston Island and the Gulf of Mexico. In territorializing the island as private property, the main ...
  • Seeing open space: An examination of a spatial antibody 

    Loughry, Angela L. (2001)
    The spatial detritus lying at the dissolving urban edges of the American West are the ultimate free spaces. These stretches of temporarily forgotten lands are where people go to do things disallowed in civil space---let ...
  • Soft zoning: A floodplain development strategy for a high-performance urban watershed 

    Gilliam, Joel (2006)
    The floodplain development strategy of "soft zoning" seeks to leverage the forces of unregulated development and flood disaster potential in order to incite the formation of a high performance urban landscape that accommodates ...
  • Temporal and permanent structures 

    Garcia, Liliana Marcela (2003)
    Forced migration caused by violence affects the city development. It affects the facility to have public services, pushes the problem of dwelling and extents the zones of marginal urban settlements. In Colombia, these ...
  • The garden in the machine: Rethinking nature and history in the post-industrial landscape 

    Terpeluk, Brett (1998)
    Lying in the wake of accelerated technological advancement is a landscape of economic and environmental consequence. As older industrial facilities become obsolete, newer technologies look towards virgin land for growth. ...
  • The next step: Recreational trail interface 

    Hays, Katherine (2009)
    The Next Step re-choreographs the trail system, encouraging a multiplicity of experiences while treating the city as an exhibit. This project focuses on the network's deployment in Washington, D.C. This network, empowered ...
  • The snake that swallowed an egg: A network of parks for Houston's wasted spaces 

    LaRocca, Jason Scott (2005)
    In a privatized city, open land is wasted land. Houston suffers from a lack of public open space. What it does have is a glut of wasted space. I propose to restore Houston's blighted, abandoned, and underutilized sites to ...
  • Three bridges and a river 

    Chong, Gerard K. H. (1999)
    The rapid urbanization of Asia in recent years has radically transformed cities through the incessant barrage of the man-made into the natural. These immense changes are particularly evident in the nation of Singapore where ...
  • Urban acupuncture: Urban park for Houston Downtown Tunnel System 

    Ahn, Joonsuk (1999)
    This thesis is an investigation of U scRBAN M scERIDAN; the structure formed through relations rather than material and stimulation of it by inserting a park into everyday life. H scOUSTON D scOWNTOWN T scUNNEL S scYSTEM ...
  • Waterline: The future of alluvial urbanism in New Orleans 

    Beard, Natalia (2007)
    Throughout the history of New Orleans the paradigms of mechanical and fluid were projected as opposing modes of thought in the attempts to render the inhospitable dynamic site suitable for urbanization. The city's devastation ...