Dwelling in public: a spatial justice and empathetic approach to interior public space and homelessness
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Social infrastructure has an important role in civic life, human interactions and a communities well-being. This practicum takes inspiration from the public library as one of the last forms of accessible interior public space that supports marginalized populations. A re-imagination of interior public space addresses the issues of secularization and privatization that lead to the exclusion and criminalization of people experiencing homelessness. A new typology of interior public space is explored in response to increasing levels of security now required in many public spaces. The new typology provides an inclusive space for refuge, civic engagement and support. This practicum envisions a warehouse in the East Exchange District (Downtown Winnipeg, MB Canada) near Point Douglas as an inclusive mixed-use development that addresses the needs of the community.