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    • Prosthetic Landscapes: Reclaiming the Iraqi marshes 

      Ghazal, Ammar (University of Waterloo, 2019-10-22)
      Hidden within the sands of the middle eastern desert, there lies a vast aging Petropolis, occupying territories in southern Iraq through the injection of infrastructure such as mechanical drills and mobile machinery. The ...
    • Urban Room - Dynamic reinterpretation of Toronto’s urban voids 

      Mohebali, Ali (University of Waterloo, 2019-10-21)
      Over the past few decades, Toronto’s downtown core has experienced extreme and rapid intensification, seen through an exponential increase in both employees and residents. This growth has severely outpaced that of public ...
    • GREY TO GREEN 13 GATES TO THE GREENBELT 

      El Filali, Salim (University of Waterloo, 2019-10-21)
      The Greenbelt was created by the Government of Ontario in 2005 to protect working farms, wetlands, natural habitats, woods and river valleys that surround the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Its vast 8000 square kilometers ...
    • Data, Debt & Daemons: Systemic Asymmetries on Spaceship Earth 

      Chu, Wesley (University of Waterloo, 2019-10-17)
      Day by day, the rate at which we create new data increases exponentially. Our capacity to learn cannot keep up. We are tiny members of a vast universal network, incapable of discerning cause and effect. Instead, we develop ...
    • Re-Imagining Concrete: A Material First Design Approach 

      Wang, Nathan (University of Waterloo, 2019-10-15)
      This thesis asks the question: “What if we began the creative process of design with material?” In an age where digital images dominate the design process, architecture’s main medium of expression remains through matter. ...
    • In Transition,Re-contextualizing the Persian Garden Paradigm as a Platform for Persian Cultural Celebrations in Toronto 

      Hosseininam, Naeimehsadat (University of Waterloo, 2019-10-02)
      Iranian communities constitute one of the largest settler ethnic groups in Toronto. Coming from diverse cultural backgrounds, Iranians become disconnected from their cultural norms and geographical roots following their ...
    • Diving in: The Architecture of Urban Lake Swimming 

      Castonguay, Robin (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-23)
      In the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century, the Lake Ontario waterfront along the Greater Toronto Area was packed with swimmers enjoying its waters. Today, on a hot summer’s day, one could find the ...
    • VENICE OF LAGOS - Reviving the fishing culture in Makoko through Aquaponics 

      Afun-Ogidan, Folusho Ashish (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-23)
      Lagos, Nigeria is a rapidly growing mega-city that faces issues such as overpopulation, pollution, waste management, sanitation, poverty among a host of others. The coastal nature of Lagos causes the city to experience ...
    • A Tool, A Room, A House, A Village: Urban Cottages for Domestic Crafting 

      Sykes, Hayley (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-23)
      When we craft objects, we become absorbed in work, intimately involved with the physical piece. These things populate our homes, carrying our imprint. Whether making or using our handiwork, our crafts bring us joy. However, ...
    • PTAF Polygon Tessellation to Approximate Frame. A Method for the Design and Analysis of Complex Frames 

      Mui, Richard (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-23)
      Complex frames are difficult to model because there are so many elements and redundant load paths. In order to explore the realm of complex frames, there needs to be a technique for approximate modelling to allow for rapid ...
    • Obus: Intent and Inhabitation 

      Jeong, Jeremy (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-23)
      First proposed by Le Corbusier for the city of Algiers in 1932 but never built, the Plan Obus is Le Corbusier’s ultimate city planning project. The forerunner of the megastructures projects of the 1960s, it sits squarely ...
    • The Journey to the Inner Peace of Your Heart-Modernization of traditional Chinese Buddhist temples 

      Wang, Rui (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-23)
      This thesis aims to explore the method of designing contemporary Chinese Buddhist temples in terms of investigating how Buddhist temples should develop without repeating traditional forms nor losing the sacred sensation. While ...
    • 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 ...
    • 55 + A Landscape of Intergenerational Living 

      Steeper, Keegan (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-20)
      Ontario is experiencing a demographic shift as a significant proportion of its demographic ages. Over the next twenty years it is estimated that the number of seniors aged 65 and above will double. For small urban centres ...
    • The Children in “Orange” 

      Li, Yina (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-19)
      Behind an increasing rate of parental incarceration, the public is encountering a significant amount of the children of incarcerated parents. The children who experienced the imprisonment of parents become the hidden victims ...
    • Dharavi: Merging Boundaries 

      Kundliwal, Tanvi (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-19)
      In Mumbai, Dharavi, occupying over 525 acres, houses a million people, making it one of the world’s largest informal settlements. In ever-expanding Mumbai, Dharavi, once at the city’s edge, has become its heart. With ...
    • 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, ...
    • Teleportation: The Possible Leap 

      Monshi, Amirhesam (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-19)
      This thesis tells a story, inviting its audience into a parallel world, existing somewhere in my imagination, where human teleportation becomes real and gradually becomes the most prevalent method of transportation. ...
    • Establishing a Foothold: An Economic, Social and Cultural Model of Integration for New Canadians 

      Khan, Madiha (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-19)
      With Canada’s rapidly aging population and low birth rate, immigration is critical to the future of the country and Toronto, as a gateway city and one of the most multicultural and multiracial cities in the world, is a ...
    • A Seat at My Table 

      Yau, Joanne (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-18)
      At dinner, our interactions with the food, the table settings, and other diners show how we engage with the material world. Table manners and etiquette are a window into a convivial life. As a beginner potter and ...

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