Connecting the City: Redefining a Railway Divide in Duncan, British Columbia
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This architectural thesis seeks to examine how public architecture and urban design can facilitate increased social connection and exchange in North American cities through the suggested development of an unused rail corridor into an active transit path with adjoining community hubs in Duncan, British Columbia. The proposal seeks to increase social and community involvement between residents by encouraging active modes of transportation (walking and cycling) and promote local production and commerce. While the design is specific to Duncan and the presence of an abandoned rail corridor, the strategies explored to facilitate urban and social revitalization are applicable to many cities in North America with similar urban and social situations.