Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Tiago Torres-Campos

Second Advisor

Ellaine Stokes


This thesis examines urban design practices in cities with long history, vibrant social cultures and complex cultural dynamics. Using Thessaloniki as a case study, it focuses on negative gendered experiences caused by some of these local cultural norms.

The study aims to understand and reveal to what extent these elements have shaped and reinforced experiences in the public realm, in order to propose more gender-inclusive approaches that can sustainably coexist with the city’s features forming its vibrant public life.

The research involves an analysis of the city’s built environment followed by a close investigation of the ways the city operates that offer an insight into the character of urban life and the social dynamics. Additionally, it includes documentation of the findings from research and observation, that was synthesized into a field guide providing ways for people to read the city, as well as proposing design typologies that address the issue.


View exhibition online: Christina Koutsoukou, The Symbiosis of Gender-Inclusive Design with the City Character



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