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Catalytic Voids: Reprogramming Chinatown Alleyways By Utilizing Their Intrinsic Facades

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Title: Catalytic Voids: Reprogramming Chinatown Alleyways By Utilizing Their Intrinsic Facades
Authors: Mitchell, Ria Lyn
Advisor: Palagi, Kris
Issue Date: May 2013
Abstract: This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.This doctoral project studies the intrinsic characteristics of alleyways to identify
catalyst moments for reprogramming. Alleyways are underutilized spaces, but with the
integration of transformable installations that respond to specific site conditions and user
needs, alleyways can be reclaimed for public use. Multiple scales were analyzed in order to
catalog alleyway typologies and roles within an urban fabric. Current revitalization projects
occurring within alleyways today were also studied to pinpoint successful uses of alleyway
spaces. Chinatown alleyways were selected due to their Low-Rise Mixed-Use context and the
juxtaposition of the standardized storefront facades with the alleyway facades. The facade of
alleyways represents their intrinsic features (materiality, textures, hidden elements and
historical characteristics) which makes them unique. A design guideline for choosing and
evaluating the alleys was created in order to apply it to any alleyway, specifically the alleys in
Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The premise is to identify the intrinsic qualities of the alleyways
and utilize them with transformable interventions to reprogram their use.
Pages/Duration: 67 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/45659
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