Of the thesis entitled: Second Home
These neighborhoods have been home to rising levels of violence and crime over the last two decades. This affirmed historical patterns that saw the working class relegated to the outer-limits of the city, acting as spectators in the process of its evolution and facing difficult conditions, while maintaining minimum-wage jobs in order to support their houses.
The incidence of violence in these neighborhoods does not relate directly to conditions of poverty, but to the lack of institutions that can assist in the healthy development of children, a situation that local gangs easily take advantage of as these low-scale criminal organizations are usually a stepping stone into the world of drug-related violence. Drug cartels have increasingly begun to recruit children in order to restore loses suffered by the war against drugs that the mexican government implemented in 2006.
The final design reflects the complex nature of the problem, and is informed by both the local history and development of the current situation as well as choices of materials, proper distribution of space, and sustainable strategies required by the geographic region in which its located.
Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Tuesday December 15, 2015
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
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Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4