Industrial Green. Providing an Alternative for a Shrinking City

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This thesis proposes alternatives urban strategies for the phenomenal shrinking city. This proposal addresses the issues of urban decline through the nexus of industry, agriculture, and urban infrastructure. This thesis explores the urban conditions of the post industrial cities of American Rust Belt, focusing on Youngstown, OH. These cities have been losing population, social capital, and political power for decades. Current strategies targeting the decaying cities fail to address the problems of the population of shrinking urban quarters, whether these strategies are growth-oriented or pursuing the idea of planned recession. This thesis provides an alternative for a shrinking city exploring the notion of resilience, its interdependence, and relation to the identity of the city. Through establishing a closed loop economy, Industrial Green enables Youngstown to be equally ready to expand or contract.

Master of Architecture
Industrial Agriculture, Shrinking City, Rust Belt, Adaptive Reuse

Plyusnina, Alina. "Industrial Green. Providing an Alternative for a Shrinking City." (2018) Master’s Thesis, Rice University.

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