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Old November 30th, 2017, 04:03 PM   #1
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Architecture/Urban Design Project Question

Hi Everyone,

I am taking my first stab at urban design in school this semester, and am looking at Hamtramck, Michigan, USA as a site for intervention for an urban design proposal. I zoomed in to this city because of its rich ethnic-group diversity.

I narrowed the focus down to three different ethnic groups: Polish, Bangladeshi and Yemeni. This focus was determined by the identified locations and densities of ethnic-specific grocery stores, restaurants and places of worship in the area.

I want to design a public space that invigorates the unique identities of different ethnic groups in the area. My problem is that I need some solid precedents before I do so.

Does anyone have any good precedents for public space design that deals with the negotiation between various ethnic groups and the strengthening of ethnic identity in space?

Thanks!
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Old November 30th, 2017, 04:14 PM   #2
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Segregation based on racial and ethnic backgrounds was frowned upon and outlawed in the USA years ago. Not a lot, if any, attempts to foster such non-inclusive projects in recent decades.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 07:11 PM   #3
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^ I think you misunderstood, she wants to conceive a public space that brings cultures together, not one that sepparates or antagonizes them.

Interesting question, I'll have to think about it.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 08:13 PM   #4
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^ I think you misunderstood, she wants to conceive a public space that brings cultures together, not one that sepparates or antagonizes them.

Interesting question, I'll have to think about it.
"I want to design a public space that invigorates the unique identities of different ethnic groups in the area."

Sounds exactly like separation-but-equal and segregation. I think you may not be seeing this for what it is. But that's how social politics tends to work.
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