This is the collection for the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture theses & dissertations.

Graduate students can submit a copy of their electronic thesis or dissertation to this collection to meet their degree requirements.

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  • Mapping the City: Narratives of Memory and Place 

    Geib, Desiree (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-10)
    How do we discover a new place and begin to get acquainted with it? In Canadian cities, the sense of place can be difficult to grasp. The relative youth of the built form of our cities and a constant influx of new people ...
  • Second Home 

    Morales Rivera, Arturo Enrique (University of Waterloo, 2016-11-18)
    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 ...
  • Intensifying Toronto 

    Clarke, Jonathan (University of Waterloo, 2016-10-13)
    How cities grow is set to change. In the Greater Toronto Area, both Ontario’s Greenbelt Plan and Growth Plan for the Golden Greater Horseshoe are set to have a significant impact on how and where urban growth will occur ...
  • New Ruins: The Decline and Regeneration of Council Housing 

    Greer, Quinn Lucas (University of Waterloo, 2016-10-11)
    The thesis explores the emergence, decline, and regeneration of council housing in the United Kingdom, and specifically London. It presents a conception of housing as a commodity derived from Arjun Appadurai’s The Social ...
  • Housing Urbanism_Living With Neighbours 

    Wang, Meng (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-28)
    My thesis explores how new social relationships can be reinforced by architectural spaces in residential projects in today’s complex, cross-cultural, political, and economic urban conditions. In Toronto, some newer types ...
  • Identity and Economy: Mining the Ring of Fire 

    Irvine, Danika (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-28)
    When the price of oil fell in 2014, Canada’s economy suffered. Even now, two years later, companies continue to drop their prices to stay competitive, as the global supply of oil remains great without any corresponding ...
  • In-between Boundaries 

    Qian, Zichen (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-27)
    While the highway infrastructure of North America provides great benefits by connecting both urban and rural communities, this infrastructure also comes with significant costs by separating and creating barriers between ...
  • Contemplating a New Danwei Urbanism 

    Xue, Wei (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-26)
    Market-driven Capitalist urbanization is no longer a viable option for China as it has produced increasingly monotonous and segregated cities that deny culture, history, ecology, and human connection. Cultural efficiencies ...
  • Building a Parc de la langue française / Retracing my steps as a designer 

    Lasnier, Louis-Charles (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-26)
    In 1979, Québec artist Rober Racine wrote a 190-word text that would describe his idea for Le Parc de la langue française, a landscape where one could literally meander through the French language. Although some partial ...
  • Embodied Depth: Re-interpreting the Park in St.James Town 

    Kim, Jiyeon (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-26)
    The thesis reflects on the loss of slowness and experiential depth in the age of acceleration. The “contrived depthlessness” of modernity – as described by Frederic Jameson– can be traced back to contemporary culture’s ...
  • Arguments in the Streets Became More Frequent 

    Bednarek, Pawel (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-23)
    Our contemporary societal condition is comprised of an involuntary association of humans to a system which prioritizes Authoritarianism, hierarchy, and capitalism. In other words this system supports a systemic or enforced ...
  • Space Between Lines: Diagrammatic Architecture and 3D Printing 

    Kim, Sung-Jun (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-21)
    All forms of communication require a medium to translate abstract thoughts from the mind to an observable and measurable artifact. Whether it is through body movement, vocalization, drawing, making, or multimedia, all ideas ...
  • 56 Days of Solitude 

    Alladin, Kemal (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-21)
    Man is a social animal. He needs community for support and for the success of his life. Yet, throughout history, man has withdrawn from community to retreat into the wilderness. The journey takes him from the world, into ...
  • Three Minutes to Midnight 

    Ghantous, Amanda (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-21)
    In the early 20th century, architects and planners, dissatisfied with the overcrowded and deteriorating state of large cities and inspired by the seemingly infinite possibilities offered by new technologies, began to propose ...
  • On the Path to Material Re-Use: Navigating the complexity of material sustainability for architectural practice 

    Beznogova, Anna (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-20)
    The aim of this thesis was to understand how to define sustainability holistically, and how architecture can contribute to holistic sustainability by way of its material form. I conducted a literature review of definitions ...
  • Continuing the Narrative of Silo No. 5 

    Voda, Carmen (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-19)
    Every modern city faces the challenge of how to engage the remains of its industrial past. Consciously or unconsciously, post-industrial cities have experienced a type of identity crisis after the decline of industries. ...
  • City of Wind: Exposing the Invisible 

    Adamek, Kimberley (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-02)
    Strong winds have breached the city walls. A set of iron chairs launch toward a couple passing an outdoor patio. Bags of groceries fling from unsuspecting hands and scatter across the sidewalk. A group of cyclists swerve ...
  • The Destiny Plan: Colonization of Space 

    Gill, Jaspall (University of Waterloo, 2016-08-31)
    This thesis explores a design of a colony in outer space able to comfortably sustain a dense growing population of 1 million inhabitants. This visionary colony, will exist in the Moon-Earth Lagrange Point 1 and aims to ...
  • Rise of the Dual Platform Citizens 

    Kim, Michael (University of Waterloo, 2016-08-30)
    The thesis research topic came from a simple question: what is the role of the architect in the future? As I watched the world become enchanted with making everything become “online,” I wondered what all this meant for ...
  • The Reading Room: Revitalizing Andrew Carnegie's Vision for the Public Library 

    Black, Katelynn Marie (University of Waterloo, 2016-08-25)
    At the turn of the 20th century, Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in America, was transforming society through the endowment of thousands of free public library buildings to communities around the world. Carnegie conceived ...

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