Designing urban underhighway spaces
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The urban elevated highway was built to boost metropolitan economies by increasing access to their urban cores. The mid-twentieth century brought thousands of miles of elevated roads that bifurcated urban neighborhoods, dispersed communities, and created residual uninviting space below the infrastructure. Today, new planning solutions call for the removal of the highway and a return to ground level boulevards. This thesis looks for answers within the existing framework to transform the spaces underneath the highway into neighborhood commodities. The research looks at the conflict between a desire to design for a future community of the space or the existing culture of the space. An analytical framework is developed based on relevant stakeholder groups and applied to case studies, resulting in a set of informed guidelines that answer the thesis question, What design principles and conventions should be used in order to create relevant neighborhood spaces under the urban elevated highway?