This thesis suggests that the key to reviving the Bazaar as well as other declining ethnic enclaves, lies in promoting new networks of “cultural exchange” in which architecture and urban design can be a facilitator of new interactions and symbiotic relationships among different organizations and individuals. It comprises of a demographic, historic, architectural and spatial analysis as well as in-depth human research that studies how visitors and inhabitants of the Gerrard Bazaar perceive the ethnic enclave, and what culture means to them. These discovered studies and personal insights influence the design process and are meant to serve as a new technique by which one can study the notion of culture and how it informs architecture and urban interventions. Thus, the focus of thesis is on the method by which architecture and design is produced, in response to the lack of cultural exchange.
The examining committee is as follows:
Mona El Khafif, University of Waterloo
Zhixi Cecilia Zhuang, Ryerson University
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Friday May 1, 2015
Architecture Room 2003 (Photo Studio)
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4