Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Space Between: Filling the Urban Void With a Collaborative Space
by Lewis, Melissa, M.A., The George Washington University, 2016, 47; 10125678
Abstract (Summary)

In recent years, the shrinking availability of urban real estate has led to a more innovative use of existing structures and temporary spaces. Due to this increase in urbanization, the role of interior design is changing in that it must provide more flexible and multi-functional spaces that can adapt with modern society. This project addresses urban density by utilizing existing urban fabric to create a transformative space that allows the surrounding community to create, collaborate and connect with one another.

Located within an urban infill site in Washington, D.C., this project seeks to reinvent a void in the city by connecting local tech startups with the surrounding community in order to further develop their ideas. The environmental and societal benefits of urban infill were also analyzed in order to provide a space that can become an integral part of D.C. urban life. The intent is to provide a space where these young, startup companies can develop their initial concepts and share them within the local technology realm as well as the surrounding community.

This project will look at current examples of multi-use spaces that connect the local community as well as coworking spaces that have been successful in implementing a flexible and creative workspace for multiple startup companies. The interior needs of this project may shift as different types of tech startups utilize the space. Therefore, flexible design intentions will also be incorporated within the space to allow for growth and adaptability. The program will include typical office space layout such as open work area, meeting rooms, huddle rooms and executive offices as well as a large public event space and café.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ames, Ben H.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Corcoran School of Arts and Design
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Architecture
Keywords: Collaborative, Space, Urban, Void, Washington, D.C.
Publication Number: 10125678
ISBN: 978-1-339-83750-5
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