Seeing open space: An examination of a spatial antibody
Loughry, Angela L.
Master of Architecture
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 their dogs off their leashes, put their SUVs in four wheel drive, and test their rifle aim. These spaces have always been there, but as of late there has been a move to make them official---to bound and name them---to make them Open Space. The transformation of free space into Open Space involves little physical change. It is rather an operational reprogramming that hardens these loose spaces into defined entities and directs their "wildness" against encroaching development. The result is a spatial antibody applied in strategic doses to fortify an urbanity sick with space. This process of spatial immunization challenges typical modes of form making---urban, architectural, and otherwise.
Landscape architecture; Environmental science; Urban planning; Regional planning