Commodified space

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This thesis is a product of examining contemporary forms of public space in North America in relation to Henri Lefebvre's production triads. Through the lens of spatial production, it becomes evident that public space has been removed from its previous role of social instigator and has instead been absorbed into the private realm where specific sets of ideals can be re-enforced through laws associated with private ownership of property. Private ownership of public space has come to establish a hierarchical and exclusive public realm. In an ownership model physical space or property becomes a commodity within itself, in which, acts believed to be detrimental become banned, disconnecting the once inclusive public realm. In order to reinvigorate public space it became necessary to look at a form of site analysis that took into account the personal uses of individuals throughout an area. The form of analysis used in Inglewood was the creation of narratives from leftover information and public interactions. Recognizing the unique social interactions that imbue space with meaning it became possible to re-work the Inglewood narratives into a design process that was inclusive to all types of interaction found. By examining a non-commodifted realm, in which the traces of interactions are layered throughout the area, it becomes possible to generate programmatic extensions that act in an inclusive fashion re-constructing the past diversity of the public realm.
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Hackett, G. (2006). Commodified space (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from doi:10.11575/PRISM/1488