Towards a Greener Chinatown: Re-Visioning a Culturally-Responsive and Inclusive Public Space System in Boston's Chinatown.
Abstract: Public spaces are of great significance in densely urbanized areas
for their environmental and social benefits to the communities. Throughout Boston's
Chinatown's history, the neighborhood strove to preserve its historic landscape and improve
its quality of life. But development encroachment from adjacent areas and nearby downtown
has resulted in a severe lack of good public spaces ... read moreto satisfy the needs - either
environmental, social, or cultural - of its residents and visitors. This thesis aims to
propose a redesign framework that would reconfigure Chinatown's public space system so that
it responds to the rich cultural and historic heritage of the community, interacts
inclusively with a diverse population, and promotes sustainability along multiple
dimensions. Existing public spaces were reviewed and in-depth public outreach was
conducted. A set of guiding principles was established to help develop a comprehensive
redesign framework. Sites were selected to illustrate how the redesign framework could be
applied, and specific design scenarios were visualized. Recommendations on funding,
community collaboration, and future planning effort are provided.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Julian Agyeman.
Committee: Christine Cousineau.
Keyword: Urban planning.read less