DomestiCity: Urban Slow Space on University Campus
This thesis investigates how domesticity – the experience of comfort and easiness of being at home with others – can be used methodologically to create moments of slow space in the urban realm that invites public occupation. It responds to our fast-paced society that is characterized by ever-changing lifestyles through which people are constantly chasing opportunities for power, prestige, and wealth. Although many may enjoy such an accelerating lifestyle, proliferating events without pause have led to a profound disconnection between people and their surrounding environments. It is, therefore, critical to address this issue in the current design of our urban fabric by counterbalancing the fast-paced nature of cities through “slow space,” which – originating in the slow food movement – aims to create meaningful connections.