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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 ...
    • Displacement Ecologies 

      Highfill, Brantley Frederick (2011)
      This thesis defines displacement as the occupation of infrastructural voids for collective use. By calibrating patterns of appropriation, I propose displacement as a formal strategy for leveraging issues of demand. The ...
    • 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 ...