Revitalizing Urban Areas: Nature Enveloping the City

Arakawa, Reid
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This study provides insight on America’s development history from the late 1800’s to the present day and presents the problem that America currently faces as a result. This problem is the lack of cohesion in our urban communities, such as buildings that fail to relate to each other, weak and dangerous pedestrian connections, and the deficiency of parks, open spaces and nature. Providing interesting public spaces, which are filled with nature, along with integrated mixed-use developments can strengthen our communities. Solutions are explored through case studies, with a focus on installing vegetation and creating parks in urban areas. The intent of this D. Arch project is to take an existing site in Oahu’s urban area and install nature in this urban space. The research strategies utilized are: Interpretive Historical Research: The research will describe America’s development history and identify what events and decisions led to our current way of living. Qualitative: Contemporary issues such as new urbanism and smart growth will be explored as well as studies of the benefits plants bring to our lives. Case Study Research: This research will include studies of contemporary examples of buildings that enhance communities with nature that add new ideas to the final design. Design Based Research: The design section will use the knowledge gained from the above sections to create a project effectively incorporating nature into the design.
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