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Privately owned public spaces : alternative catalyst for public life in cities the case of Verdun street in Beirut.

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dc.contributor.author Hamieh, Mariam Mohamad,
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-28T17:18:23Z
dc.date.available 2022-05
dc.date.available 2020-03-28T17:18:23Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.date.submitted 2019
dc.identifier.other b23465943
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10938/21845
dc.description Thesis. M.U.D. American University of Beirut. Department of Architecture and Design, 2019. ET:6969.
dc.description Advisor : Dr. Mona Fawaz, Professor, Architecture and Design ; Members of Committee : Dr. Robert Saliba, Professor, Architecture and Design ; Ms. Nayla Al Akl, Assistant Professor, Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 117-119)
dc.description.abstract Urban designers concur that well designed and successful open spaces such as city streets, plazas, and gardens are an important element of any sustainable city and its life. Over the past decades, the process of privatization of public spaces has introduced new categories of public spaces, “privately owned open spaces”, meaning spaces that have open- shared use while being owned and managed by private enterprises. Beirut has undoubtedly followed this trend, triggering several urban challenges particularly in the division of publicly and privately held spaces, their organization, cleanliness, accessibility, and uses. In order to explore these changes and reflect on the urban design strategy that can best respond to the imperative of creating successful open spaces in Beirut, this thesis takes Verdun street (Beirut) as a case study. This once residential neighborhood has become Beirut’s main mall artery. Since 1990, at least 10 malls have opened along this street, each with a different configuration of open spaces to support its activities. Verdun street that was once pedestrian friendly with active commercial shops along the street, has now become a through traffic road due to the opening of large scale high end malls that are introverted and do not cohabitate evenly with the streetscape. The thesis first investigates the quality and usage of all open spaces along the artery, including streets, sidewalks, open spaces provided by shopping malls and public spaces. The thesis identifies the criteria of a publicly accessible open space based on the literature and compares it to perception of people of a publicly accessible open space. The aim is to transfer the quality guidelines appreciated by users in privately owned public spaces to the public domain in order for this pedestrian environment to provide a quality connective network that will encourage people to use the different quasi-public spaces around and the sidewalk itself. In addition, the thesis derives guidelines for future large developm
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 119 leaves) : color illustrations, maps.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.classification ET:006969
dc.subject.lcsh Streets -- Lebanon -- Verdun -- Designs and plans.
dc.subject.lcsh City planning -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Designs and plans.
dc.subject.lcsh Public spaces -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Designs and plans.
dc.subject.lcsh Open spaces -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Designs and plans.
dc.subject.lcsh Pedestrian areas -- Lebanon
dc.subject.lcsh Verdun (Beirut, Lebanon)
dc.title Privately owned public spaces : alternative catalyst for public life in cities the case of Verdun street in Beirut.
dc.title.alternative Alternative catalyst for public life in cities the case of Verdun street in Beirut.
dc.type z
dc.contributor.department Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
dc.contributor.department Department of Architecture and Design,
dc.subject.classificationsource AUBNO
dc.contributor.institution American University of Beirut.


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