Thesis Defence: Arturo Enrique Morales RiveraExport this event to calendar

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 — 9:30 AM EST

Of the thesis entitled: Second Home

Abstract:

This thesis proposes the design of a socially-driven building and public space located in a suburban neighborhood in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. The goal of the project is to provide an environment that assists in the prevention of children entering the world of drug-related violence by encouraging the creation of good holding environments within the community. This element is currently missing from the community as these suburban developments were initially conceived as supporting infrastructure to the newly established light industry factories, colloquially referred to as maquiladoras. This in turn was part of a larger strategy by the government to reactivate the economy and employment in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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. 
 
The examining committee is as follows:
 

Supervisor:

Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo

 

Committee Members:

Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo
 
Robert Jan Van Pelt, University of Waterloo
 

External Reader:

Scott Sorli




The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.


The Defence Examination will take place:  

Tuesday December 15, 2015
9:30AM

ARC 2026

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
Room 2026
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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