A public landscape for Galveston, Texas
Engblom, Stephen Carl
Master of Architecture
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 fertile ground for urban hypotheses. Responding to this need, a site was identified: a fringe area of downtown Galveston, left vacant because of the demise of the agro-industrial economy. Seeing potential for this site to perform as a public landscape for Galveston I use a process of abstraction to develop an architectural transformation strategy. The abstract nature of the proposed design is rooted in a very real comparison to the existing condition of the city tissue.
Landscape architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning