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University of Arizona (2000)

Public Spaces in Desert Communities : The Study of Cases in Mendoza, Argentina and in Tucson, Arizona

Cepparo, Maria Paula

Titre : Public Spaces in Desert Communities : The Study of Cases in Mendoza, Argentina and in Tucson, Arizona

Auteur : Cepparo, Maria Paula

Université de soutenance : University of Arizona

Grade : Master of Architecture 2000

Résumé
This research compares the city form and significant public spaces of two desert communities, Mendoza, Argentina and Tucson, Arizona. This study had three main goals : * To explore a participatory process for the study of public spaces * To understand which factor shapes the city form and the physical setting of its public spaces (nature or culture) * To find relationships between behavioral patterns and the physical characteristics of the public spaces. The participatory process became the most important part of this study. During this process we used cognitive maps to identify case studies in each city. It was our intention to find those case studies that were significant from the population’s perspective. In this sense, the cognitive maps worked very well. We also found that social differences transportation modes and the places were people lived had a very strong impact on the image of the city that people had. We performed a field research through which we found consistent relationships between the activities inside the buildings, the level of permeability and the scale and enclosure of the public space with people’s behavioral patterns. Also, we performed a qualitative study of the thermal comfort strategies for urban spaces used in our case studies.

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