Where the Sidewalk Ends

Allison Ong

“There is a place where the sidewalk ends, and before the street begins…”

In his famous poem, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shell Silverstein captures the mythic and whimsical quality of a street end. These ‘inbetween,’ ‘forgotten,’ or ‘interstitial’ spaces can be found in various states of neglect throughout our cities. But what if gaps in the urban fabric could be seen as opportunities to support a new way of thinking about urban ecology and contribute to a new urban folklore? Investigating the philosophies of Peter del Tredici, Gilles Clément, and Alan Berger, this design attempts to value and occupy urban interstitial space: nding a place for human and ecological health at the intersection of abandon and opportunity.