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Friday, May 1, 2015 — 3:00 PM EDT
Of the thesis entitled: Architecture/Education: Spatial Empowerment Through Capacity Building
 

Abstract:

Architecture is too important to be left solely in the hands of architects, developers, and builders. All have the right to build, alter, and inhabit space that meets their needs and desires. For this condition to occur, individuals must have the psychological capacity and social legitimacy to become active agents in spatial discourse and production. Without capacity or legitimacy, the individual will not be able to act. In this thesis, the process of an individual developing from a passive user of space into a spatial advocate, instigator and creator is framed as spatial empowerment. The thesis offers strategies and tactics for spatial empowerment of non-architects within three domains.
 
Capacity Building of architectural knowledge, spatial skills, and critical thinking is achieved through education and reflective practice. This ensures an increase in an individual’s capacity for spatial decision making.
Inclusive Practice within the architectural process and pedagogical approach leads to social legitimacy of the individual. Inclusivity is achieved through participation and community building.

Spatial Action, the intended outcome of the spatial empowerment process, is conditional on available empowerment opportunities, the mobilization of resources, and the ability to implement, monitor, and evaluate the process.
 
The praxis-based thesis research, conducted through literature review and workshop analysis, culminates in a spatial empowerment guidebook. 1-to-1: A Guide to Spatial Empowerment, provides information and ‘lesson plans’ for an individual to increase their spatial capacity, foster inclusive practice, and promote spatial action. All can lead the way to a hands-on, open-ended, inclusive, and empowered spatial reality.
 
 

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor:

Committee Members:

Adrian BlackwellUniversity of Waterloo

Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo
 
Marie-Paule Macdonald, University of Waterloo  
 
 

External Reader:

Olia Mishchenko, OCAD University

 



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


The Defence Examination will take place:  

Friday May 1, 2015
3:00PM

Architecture Room 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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