What is transformative space? What constitutes an interesting or uninteresting public space? Why do we see the term 'transformative' when reflecting on cities and public space? To situate the characteristics and value of transformative practice, this thesis will define and carry out a project to research six public spaces in Ottawa, chosen to represent six different spatial conditions. Are these locations just transitional 'in between' space, and if so, in between what? Whether located near civic buildings or within residential neighborhoods, what is the narrative we expect from a public space or wish to insert into it? These public spaces are constantly in transition. This thesis will explore the tensions between spaces by examining the adaptive and transformative qualities. The project, integrated within the thesis, will offer spatial strategies and interventions that explore the potential for spatial change as urban situations and human needs evolve.