Thesis Defence: Connie Lei

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Connie Lei thesis image

Of the thesis entitled: Revitalizing Suburbia: Build Integrated Communities


Urbanization has dragged workers to the city center day after day, to get to and from work for the last century.  The intervention of the hub enacts as an alternative to urbanization of the city, allowing neighbourhoods to intensify locally.  By minimizing the need for commute, an individual’s time, energy and mental sanity are precluded from the hectic travelling.  Through analysis and trend observations, minimizing the need of commute can have macro and micro impact on the city. 

The hub addresses the issue of commute by introducing a new typology of workspaces that support the mobility of work, through locations in communities where the concentration of long distance commuting is.  To serve the changing dynamics of the workplace, the hub provides a plethora of spatial diversity to suit individual needs.  Amenities should not be a marginalized benefit.  With the blur of work life balance, the goal is to integrate leisure activities and services that support daily life. Ergo, the hub aims to cultivate collaboration and foster cultural identity for the modern dweller.  The proposal aims to support a healthy way of life and sustain growth in the revitalization of existing suburban communities.

The examining committee is as follows:


John McMinn, University of Waterloo

Committee Members:

Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo

Rick Andrighetti, University of Waterloo

External Reader:

Michael Hannay, The MBTW Group

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

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018  
12:00 PM               
ARC 3506

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