Field guide to gendered public life : balancing the preservation of the existing vibrant public life with the improvement of the female experience
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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
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.
Koutsoukou, Christina, "Field guide to gendered public life : balancing the preservation of the existing vibrant public life with the improvement of the female experience" (2022). Masters Theses. 937.
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