University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


This study defines a new approach to the transformation of unmaintained land within cities, or urban shadow space. Although urban shadow space can offer a place of free expression for the community and spontaneous vegetative growth within a city, it is often dismissed as blighted land by public authority. This study maximizes existing opportunities of these spaces, illuminating a realm of the city that is currently dark to the public eye. A proposed set of guidelines is utilized in the creation of three alternative designs that illustrate the emergent landscape, a sensitively designed, evolving landscape that encourages user interaction with the site. These guidelines and the results of their application are intended to assist design professionals who wish to move beyond the typical “clean and green” strategy currently employed by many municipalities to embrace a site’s existing characteristics.