The space between
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This thesis seeks a new urban design strategy that addresses small spaces within underserved communities. These physically-dilapidated neighborhoods often lack open-space amenities. This problem is intensified by constraints such as limited resources and increasing residual space. Several methods are used to determine a strategy that ameliorates the physical landscape of underserved neighborhoods. A case study analysis examines how small, in-between spaces can activate change in the urban landscape. These informal, community-driven designs can catalyze neighborhoods in need of revitalization. A literature review highlights the role of public space in the urban environment and its importance for social cohesion. Finally, the principles garnered from the case studies and urban design theories will inform the design of a derelict site in Washington, D.C.