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The Relationship Between Designed Urban Environments And Skateboarding In Downtown Fort Worth

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dc.contributor.author Nelson, Nicholas Glade en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-17T23:35:04Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-17T23:35:04Z
dc.date.issued 2008-09-17T23:35:04Z
dc.date.submitted July 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-2190 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/1078
dc.description.abstract Cities are a collection of designed environments. In turn, these environments consist of parts that vary in scale from districts to light fixtures. The design of outdoor urban environments is a dynamic and collaborative process of arranging these parts to create places with purpose. Evidence of this can be found in the numerous professions that participate in the design of urban environments (Eckbo, 1964). Such is the case in the city of Fort Worth, Texas. With many participants, often unilaterally, contributing to the design of built urban environments, not all of the ensuing results are intentional. The objective of this research is to better understand designed urban environments and their unintended functions by studying physical elements of that environment in relation to the unintended result of skateboarding. Skateboarders utilize various physical elements of urban design located in their environments that were designed for purposes other than skateboarding. This study identifies and documents the basic physical elements and corresponding contextual environments in the Central Business District of downtown Fort Worth. It then identifies which of these elements and environments show evidence of skateboarding in the study area. The study area was selected for the diverse contextual land-uses consisting of municipal, commercial, educational, residential and industrial type uses in public, semiprivate and private space. There is also a tremendous diversity of users and residents in this area ranging from public housing tenants to private condominiums and town homes and from hot dog cart vendors to corporate executives. Primary research methods are drawn from evaluative studies in landscape architecture. Techniques modeled after post-occupancy evaluations of Marcus and Francis (1998), as well as case study methods as put forth by Francis (2001), provide objective perspectives that are used to document and analyze the physical elements and contextual land-uses within the study area in downtown Fort Worth. Passive observation and behavioral trace documentation techniques are also utilized to acquire data. This data was then translated into Geographic Information Systems for analysis. This study concludes with identifying the physical elements of urban design and contextual land uses that encourage skateboarding, along with strategies for design professionals to increase the vitality and spirit of place present in urban environments. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ozdil, Taner en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.title The Relationship Between Designed Urban Environments And Skateboarding In Downtown Fort Worth en_US
dc.type M.L.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Ozdil, Taner en_US
dc.degree.department Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.discipline Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.L.A. en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=3021
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