The Loose Space: New Methodology for Thriving Urban City

Author: Stran Star1
1Department of Architecture, Faculty Engineering, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq

Abstract: This paper introduces the concept of “Loose Space” and what it means to be present in an urban city, differentiating it from a regular public landmark space. It is generally based on research done from the book Loose Space: Possibility and Diversity in Urban Life. Then the focus shifts to a more specific aspect of loose space based on methodologies of Kevin Lynch and goes into more depth of urban usage. The paper addresses Hudson River Park waterfront port as case and project study that has applied loose space methodology as its concept design located in New York City. The main emphasis would be on the temporary use of a site, and how it may affect the space on the long or short term. It covers a more elaborate ideal such as loose spaces for the possibilities to revision rundown and limited locations known as Non places.
There is an understanding of how temporary users have found niches in these areas to develop their own pursuits, whether they were musicians, artists, or even vendors, they have managed to make suitable conditions for them out of these sites. Case studies of similar locations, where community members have transformed an abandoned factory building to a venue for restaurants, art schools, and theatrical/ rehearsal rooms, or simply worked with available material and groundwork and turned into community garden supporting the project. It is even more interesting to test how some of these temporary installations could add a more effective futuristic plan for the site and how it may encourage more opportunities to the planning and management of better built cities of tomorrow.

Keywords: Urban Life, Loose Space, Technology Era, Biophilic Design, Landmark, Non-Places

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doi: 10.23918/eajse.v7i1p84

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