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Honors Project On-Campus Access Only


Increasing demand for public spaces has been coupled with an increasingly complex system of state and private stakeholders. This research advocates for an approach to public space studies based in ideologies of conduct, the beavioral value systems used by designers to in procuring space. This research delves into cases in two semi-private spaces with public functions to triangulate the prevailing governmentality, or emergent environment of conduct, of Minneapolis. This research finds that intercity competition and a historical narrative favoring assimilation and trust in authority are markers of the city’s governmentality, partially explaining the apparent exclusivity of the Skyway System and the level of influence afforded to corporate sponsors in the Commons.



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