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Virginia Tech


One of the major challenges of the 21st century is the rapid growth of many cities
and the decline of others.
There are many cities like Cleveland which were built to serve a far greater population
than currently inhabits the city. Infrastructure built for 800,000 now services
400,000 leaving creating surplus capacity and derelict spaces; urban voids which
have fallen into disuse. Manufacturing and shipping industries occupy valuable
waterfront space, highways create rifts and large civic public spaces designed
with the best of intentions create vacuums.
Cleveland is not dealing with the issue of growth but with transformation; in its
remaking as a place of mixed communities and neighborhoods. Understanding
the city spatially is the first part of an exploration into devising interventions that
can utilize existing infrastructure, reclaim and re-purpose spaces to generate new
uses and new vitality. This thesis is concerned with identifying an opportunity and
proposing a programmatic and spatial transformation.



Cleveland, Urbanism, Waterfront