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Creating an Urban Sense of Community in a Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Development

Title: Creating an Urban Sense of Community in a Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Development.
Name(s): Harbin, Laurel, author
Koenig, Peter, professor directing thesis
Waxman, Lisa, committee member
Navarro, Ricardo, committee member
Department of Interior Design, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study addresses the role of design in the creation of urban Transit-Oriented Developments. The emphasis of the study is the promotion of human interaction through pedestrian and transit modes of transportation. The objective is to understand and utilize in a design, factors that create a sense of community within Transit-Oriented Development. The design considers the human needs, social interaction, and the value of community identity in creating an urban sense of community. The culmination of research lead to the development of a proposed community based Transit-Oriented Development design. The site selected is located within an existing transit network in Jacksonville, FL. The goal of the design was to create a multi-use pedestrian shopping center that fulfilled the design criteria set forth in the Downtown Jacksonville Master Plan. The spatial relationships have been designed to promote social interaction. Spaces incorporated into the design include: a plaza adjacent to a light rail transit station with public seating, restaurants, performing arts space, a community arts center, and a pedestrian shopping center with street-level commercial uses and multi-family housing units above. The housing types include studio apartments, one-bedroom apartments, and townhouses to accommodate residents from a mix of incomes and household types. The role of the development in the LaVilla district is designed to strengthen the existing community, and provide a center of commerce to enhance the existing transit system and urban area of Jacksonville, FL.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4273 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Interior Design in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: June 24, 2005.
Keywords: Urban Housing, Downtown Entertainment, New Urbanism, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Development, Pedestrian, Transit, Jacksonville Florida, Community Arts Center, TOD, Transit-Oriented Development, Viz Rendering, Place Attachment, Community Identity, Sense Of Place, Brownfield, Urban Renewal, Design, Interior Design, Mixed-Use Development, Public Space, Transit Plaza, Urban Planning
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Peter Koenig, Professor Directing Thesis; Lisa Waxman, Committee Member; Ricardo Navarro, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Art
Art and design
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Owner Institution: FSU

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