Shared Architecture: Negotiating spatiality and intergroup mixing in divided cities

Clare Mulholland

The city provides spaces where members of the public can interact, negotiate and debate their social, cultural and spatial encounters of the urban experience in celebration of diversity and difference. In segregated cities, such spaces can be a zone of continuous politics, game of acquisition and territories that governs each group’s spatial behaviour and movement patterns, making the creation of space for intergroup contact a profound challenge.  Particularly critical are sites which bridge communities, they can be places of uncertainty, while simultaneously can be spaces of potential and engagement.

Through empirical investigation, this thesis investigates the spatial strategies and design of shared public service sites in Belfast as an effective means of enabling practical socio-spatial interaction. The project explores the preconception of division through such spaces that are venues of mutual co-habitation and potential peaceful interaction on the basis of needs in everyday life

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