The Secret Life of the City Dweller: Reclaiming the Terrain Vague
Professor Michael Hughes
Using Abu Dhabi as a case study, this thesis aims to celebrate, stimulate, and promote street culture in the Terrain Vague by proposing an Urban Arts Campus extension to Khalifa University. The thesis will tap into the underbelly of a bridge in order to fully explore the potential of the interstitial. This thesis proposes an intervention that rethinks how we reclaim, use, and inhabit left-over spaces. Keeping in mind the risk of gentrification, the thesis instead attempts to celebrate the alternate “underground” cultural significance and human behavior that is associated with the Terrain Vague.
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