Esplanades: the neglected urban spaces and the potential of design to change them

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Kholina, Anna
dc.contributor.author Blanchard, Zoé
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-28T12:57:35Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-28T12:57:35Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/32301
dc.description.abstract Public places are a necessary factor for the social and economical welfare of cities. The big squares, here referred to as “esplanades”, often form sorts of vacuums that tend to obstruct urban life. Also, despite an abundance of available information on the importance of public places, the sizable squares recurrently seem to be neglected, both in the real world and in the literature. In the actual context of important demographic changes across a more globalised but fearful world, the physical connecting anchor offered by the public place attains its utmost relevance. Since the adage: the bigger dimension, the greater impact - advocacy is made that the often overlooked esplanades deserve attentive consideration. The present document exemplifies a qualitative research combining knowledge from Urban Design to Ethnography where spatial experimentations enter in dialogue with the theoretical research. The social dimension of the public place is considered as central, also the intention of the research is to examine the value of the common and its role in the contemporary urban context, as well as to identify the potential inputs capable of changing the dynamic of an under-used space. Finally the last question is: what planning and spatial elements can foster revitalisation and so facilitate the social interactions in a vast place? The argumentation works to enrich the discussion on the importance of fine grain design and human research in city planning and aims further to provide practical foundations to trigger change and exploration. en
dc.format.extent 111+11
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Esplanades: the neglected urban spaces and the potential of design to change them en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Design en
dc.contributor.department Muotoilun laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword esplanade en
dc.subject.keyword public space en
dc.subject.keyword urban design en
dc.subject.keyword urban ethnography en
dc.subject.keyword Hakaniemi Square en
dc.subject.keyword city en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201806283710
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Kareoja, Pentti
dc.programme Spatial and Product Design en


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