Bridging The Gap: A Healthier City Through Green Belts, Parks and Recreation
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This thesis investigates the architectural role of green belts and recreational zones as one solution to urban sprawl, ultimately creating healthier, more livable cities. A list of concepts and guidelines will be derived from both historical and modern green belt efforts, for the development of a more livable city in the 21st century. These concepts will then be tested as a tool on the city of Halifax. The concepts and guidelines will be used in the development of a green belt master plan. The plan will connect Halifax through existing and proposed parks and recreation. Secondly, it will develop a series of networks and connections enhancing the ability for alternate methods of transportation into and out of the urban core, facilitated by the design of a pedestrian bridge. Finally, a second design will support the existing program of mountain biking and create a unique architectural cycling experience for both the user and the observer.