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dc.contributor.authorSpeedlin, David Arthuren_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-08T08:01:06Z
dc.date.available2015-07-08T08:01:06Z
dc.date.issued2015-06-29en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:5742en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/54027
dc.description.abstractThis thesis focuses upon the redesign of McKeldin Plaza in Baltimore, MD. Situated beside the Inner Harbor and at the intersection of Pratt and Light Street, this occupies an important space in the city, functioning as a crossroads between several important urban landmarks. However, a reconfiguration of this plaza has become necessary due to the growth in traffic around the area, both automotive and pedestrian, as two 5-lane streets surrounding the plaza has left the site physically cut off from the Inner Harbor. Additionally, a beloved but under-functioning fountain awkwardly divides up the space, ultimately rendering the large plaza unused except the sidewalks at the edges. Through redesigning the street layout and traffic patterns, this thesis offers an alternative to the current scheme, one which offers a new connection to the Inner Harbor and an active, pedestrian-friendly space. In joining the plaza with the Harbor, a new urban nexus is created which seams together the upper and lower Inner Harbor. The redesign focuses on three key elements: a new fountain to pay homage to the old, bringing the harbor into the plaza, and creating spaces which are both accessible and inviting, yet astute in addressing functional and contextual needs. While maintaining some of the original qualities of the space, such as materiality and surrounding building footprints, this design also encompasses the addition of a new arcade in order to allow a greater flow between the interior, commercial and exterior, civic spaces.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectArchitectureen_US
dc.subjectPlanningen_US
dc.subjectPlazaen_US
dc.subjectUrban Redesignen_US
dc.subjectFountainen_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 2015.S644en_US
dc.titleReimagining McKeldin Plaza, Baltimore, Marylanden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentArchitectureen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineArchitectureen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairRott, Hans Christianen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberThompson, Steven R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPittman, Vance H.en_US


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