Theses Master's

The Interstitial City: A Toolkit for Reclaiming New York City’s Privately Owned Public Spaces

Jia, Olivia

How can the overlooked and in-between spaces in our cities inform a more holistic, better-connected public realm network during a pivotal time for downtowns and office-to-residential conversions post-pandemic? Drawing from learnings across mixed-methods research, this Interstitial City Toolkit outlines nine guiding principles for improved design, engagement, decision-making, and governance within New York City’s privately owned public space program, with applications for comparable public space ecosystems in cities around the world. Within this framework, the Interstitial City repositions these in-between spaces as the catalysts for more complete neighborhoods, community-driven placemaking, placekeeping, and a more equitable redistribution of access to public space.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Woodward, Douglas
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
May 29, 2024