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perceiving place

SOCIAL DESIGN
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

A SOCIAL DESIGN CASE STUDY

During the summer after my sophomore year at the University of Dayton, I was accepted into the Berry Summer Thesis Institute, to conduct Honors-level thesis research a year early. My research focuses on perception of place and the role that design has within changing perceptions towards space. 

Research Background:

I was interested to find if various neighborhoods and the perception of them, was influenced by four specific factors: history, culture, environment and social make-up. Furthermore, I was hoping that this methodology of space analysis would provide insight into the differences of perceptions on an internal and external level. Lastly, I hypothesized that the study of space would then allow me to create more informed neighborhood designs centered on bridging perceptions and creating a more unified understanding of space. After findings from this work, I developed a neighborhood design proposal for the selected neighborhood: Twin Towers, Ohio. Elements of this proposal can be seen below. 

RESEARCH COMPONENTS:

Conducted an in-depth review of literature on perception and its relation to the factors mentioned above.

Interviewed internal, external, and midway sources of the Twin Towers neighborhood

Analyzed this interviews and the spatial design of TT. Designed neighborhood revitalization proposal

UNDERSTANDING PERCEPTION - 

DEVELOPING TT NARRATIVE - 

DESIGNING FOR DIVERSITY - 

FINDINGS ON THE TWIN TOWERS NEIGHBORHOOD:

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VERY DIVERSE

VARIOUS UNDERSTANDINGS OF SPACE

- there is a large gap between internal and external perceptions

- TT has a low context culture 

- limited sharing of thoughts and perceptions

minimal neighborhood assets create less opportunities for

  non-residents to come into the space

NEIGHBORHOOD REVITLIZATION PROPOSAL:

PART ONE:

PART TWO:

identity guide

community hub

PART ONE - IDENTITY GUIDE:

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PART TWO - COMMUNITY HUB:

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