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    • Affirming Bodies 

      Tien, Brian (University of Waterloo, 2022-03-22)
      The fitness space ranges in shape and size, from gyms, health clubs to yoga studios spread across the globe, symbolizing an ongoing fitness revolution that has grown and expanded over the past century. Fitness values vary ...
    • Chasing Chopsticks Street: A Sequel to Foshan’s Forgotten Qilous 

      Huang, Yanqi (University of Waterloo, 2022-09-07)
      Since China’s economic reform in the late 1970s, large extents of its cities’ vernacular urban fabrics have been replaced by state-of-the-art high-rises in a building frenzy that was equally unprecedented in its destructive ...
    • Dwellings for the Goryan: Re-crafting Bulgarian Post-Soviet Identity at the Site of the Friendship Monument 

      Stanev, Antonia (University of Waterloo, 2020-09-18)
      My interest begins in present day Bulgaria at the prominent site of a ruined Soviet monument which the country’s previous communist regime built in 1979. Their monuments expressed communist philosophy through their ...
    • Imitation vs. Adaptation in Canadian Mosques: The Conflicts and Challenges of Purpose-Built and Repurposed Architecture 

      Ahmed, Saadman (University of Waterloo, 2021-01-26)
      In Canada, the construction of Islamic mosques has been influenced by various cultural biases, historical interpretation, and a multitude of subtle contradictions which shape the identities of the different generations of ...
    • In the Shadow of an Oak Tree : A place to heal for women of Sarpol Zahab city 

      Adelinik, Ailin (University of Waterloo, 2020-09-02)
      Natural disasters are unpredictable, terrible events that can change people’s lives in less than a minute, like the 7.3 earthquake that shook western Iran in November 2017. Sarpol Zahab, a small Kurdish city sited near ...
    • Nomadic Passage: Water Conservation and Land Preservation 

      Dirie, Amal (University of Waterloo, 2020-04-24)
      “Nomadic Passage: Water Conservation and Land Preservation” investigates the dynamic and sustainable qualities of Somali nomadic life, in regards to their livelihood, communal spaces, and traditional practices that are ...
    • The Path Less Taken: the Intersection of Narratives and the Icelandic Landscape 

      Dingley, Michelle (University of Waterloo, 2020-04-27)
      Of the many lenses through which the value of landscape is evaluated, the lens most prevalently used is profitability. This thesis rejects that simplistic view and instead offers an alternative: evaluating a landscape via ...
    • Shanghai lilong: an intertwined relationship between the dwellers & the architecture 

      Yang, Zi Qing (University of Waterloo, 2021-05-03)
      The thesis investigates the lilong neighbourhoods of Shanghai, known for their high-density housing organized around narrow longtangs (alleyways), during the 1970s and 1980s. It unfolds the intertwining relationship between ...
    • The Story of the Hands: On Earth and Community 

      Taghipoor, Alireza (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-23)
      The phenomenon that the universalization of the urban (and rural) form has disadvantaged many Iranian cities and villages of a sense of place, culture, and identity, is not a very recent one. Neither is it a novel understanding ...
    • The Value of Ornament 

      Lord, Andrew (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-19)
      This thesis recognizes ornament as not simply an excessive accessory, but an innate human desire to imbue objects with beauty and meaning. Ornament’s prominence throughout disparate architectures regardless of culture, ...


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