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Know Good Food: Fighting The Effects Of Food Deserts Through Community Education, Timothy Huntley May 2019

Know Good Food: Fighting The Effects Of Food Deserts Through Community Education, Timothy Huntley

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

According to a nation-wide study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture Service nearly 10% of the population “are living in communities that do not provide adequate access to healthy food retailers.” This phenomenon is commonly referred to as a ‘Food Desert’. This problem is predominately articulated in the low income, urban communities of color and many rural communities. The inadequate access to healthy food and the definition of what is considered a ‘Food Desert’ only provides a glimpse of the problem. Many families living in these low income areas have access to and are able to buy healthy ...


Surrealism And Architecture, Jesse Halverson May 2019

Surrealism And Architecture, Jesse Halverson

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

A different way of thinking about Architecture, to reconsider the rationalism that has been my Architectural education and to rediscover lost poetics in the practice of Architecture. As Bernard Tschumi said, I aim to,

“reject functionalist ethics, to refuse the rational and to celebrate unrepressed delights.”

A critique of rationalism, surrealism explores the irrational and the unconscious. It endeavors to create a supreme point of contradiction, a perfect union of the rational and the irrational, a duality of dream and reality resulting in a super-reality - all to the end of rejoining a connection with an ultimate truth that is believed ...


Ecological Urbanism | Design Strategies For Bridging The Social Gap In Kolkata, Varshil Patel May 2019

Ecological Urbanism | Design Strategies For Bridging The Social Gap In Kolkata, Varshil Patel

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

Kolkata, India, also known as a “City of Joy” for its vibrant diversity and as one of the most important cultural centers in the country, exemplifies many issues that are related to overpopulation, weak enforcement of planning regulations, informal housing, natural ecological degradation, and lack of social cohesion. The development of modernized neighborhoods in the outskirts coincided with the internal migration of the middle class and furthered the social gap. Wetlands east of the city, which used to provide a substantial amount of food and livelihood for the city, have been diminishing due to urban development. The lack of necessities ...


Delineating Social Environments In The Residential High Rise. Inquiry Into A New Typology For Living, Cameron Jackson May 2019

Delineating Social Environments In The Residential High Rise. Inquiry Into A New Typology For Living, Cameron Jackson

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

Cities are known for their high levels of diversity which increases the number of interactions in the urban environment. These interactions happen in parks, plazas, and promenades, which are supported by the diversity of the surrounding buildings. Cities will increase by 60% in 2030, increasing the demand for housing. This increase in housing could also have a negative impact on the diversity of building character and contextual identity if building forms become too repetitive or standardized, a condition typical in times of rapid growth. This decrease in diversity can also lead to fewer interactions which will cause social isolation for ...


In Memory Of Nuclear Waste | Architecture That Endures A Millennia, Jacob Powell May 2019

In Memory Of Nuclear Waste | Architecture That Endures A Millennia, Jacob Powell

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

The majority of waste that has been used for nuclear power is stored underground in Carlsbad New Mexico. The problem is that deep underground radioactivity of uranium has a half life of 10,000 years, meaning that the site can potentially pose a threat in exposure on radiation if there ever was an event of unintended tampering within the area.

This thesis investigates what it takes to make “timeless architecture” in doing so I will focus on how historically old architectural projects such as the Pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge and the Colosseum. Each precedent has very structures, however I will ...


Headspace: Architecture For Mental Health, Courtney Wise May 2019

Headspace: Architecture For Mental Health, Courtney Wise

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

This thesis proposes a mental wellness center that will act as a free resource for mental health services, specifically anxiety and depression. The goal of this project is to create a resource that will help mitigate the ignorance around mental health by educating the public, creating opportunities for positive social interaction, and giving the scholastic and residential communities a safe place to examine their individual mental health. This will be accomplished by finding mediators between clinical and non-clinical types of program.


The Anti-Panopticon: Rethinking The Architecture Of Surveillance, Darral Tate May 2019

The Anti-Panopticon: Rethinking The Architecture Of Surveillance, Darral Tate

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

The origins of American prison design can be traced back to Jeremy Bentham’s theory of the Panopticon developed in the late 18th century. Bentham saw prison reform as a model for how society should function. He believed surveillance was the best way to deter inmates from committing further crimes. Bentham argued for an architecture of surveillance by making every cell visible from one center point with no interaction. Every prison in the U.S since, has adopted this model designed to produce a system of containment and punishment, while removing inmate interaction. With today’s technology, we are no ...


Community-Based Healthcare | Interlace Of Biophilic Design In Outpatient Facilities, Joshua Robinson May 2019

Community-Based Healthcare | Interlace Of Biophilic Design In Outpatient Facilities, Joshua Robinson

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

This thesis questions how architects can redesign typical healthcare typology in response to the medical and sociological needs of the community while integrating the measures of wellness and biophilic design. By redefining architectural programs within a wellness clinic, this can allow the facility to prioritize the communities needs through non-medical determinants. The research will look at both the social and medical needs of a community, along with the Seven Standards of Wellness as defined by the Well Building Standard and The Fourteen Patterns of Biophilic Design as defined by the Terrapin Bright Green, to develop a connection between the facility ...


The Metamorphic Model: A Test In Post-Millennial Living, Andrew Mesa May 2019

The Metamorphic Model: A Test In Post-Millennial Living, Andrew Mesa

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

The Metamorphic Model is a look into future Millennial Urban living through an experiment to create a building prototype per the needs and wants for future architecture. It focuses on creating a building infrastructure which creates social environments for the residents and the community alike through a modular system of units supported by building infrastructure which lifts and moves the units into the desired slot. The goal is to oppose to typical buildings format which takes time to modify and adapt to changing conditions and highlight the trends moving into the future. The idea of the project is to take ...


Sensorial Architecture: Design For Well-Being, Philip Sanders May 2019

Sensorial Architecture: Design For Well-Being, Philip Sanders

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

My thesis aims to interrogate the relationship between phenomenology and architecture. Through this project, I will investigate how to create a sense of well-being, particularly in response to the condition of depression in its various forms. Architectural design, with an emphasis on mood and atmosphere, will take a central role through the design of a series of retreats. Through manipulation of: natural light, smell, texture, materiality, and the like, I intend to create a multi sensorial space in which the present moment is the central focus. I will examine the current building typologies being used to address depression, as well ...


Skater Conscious, Jeremy Bowen May 2019

Skater Conscious, Jeremy Bowen

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

Skateboarding is made possible by the built environment, but without architecture necessarily being designed for its occurrence. Without knowing it, designers have created environments that facilitate a social and artistic culture to thrive. And this has happened – for the most part – in leftover pieces of landscape, infrastructure, and urban settings. Skaters move through and experience space in unique ways. While their boards enable this experience, there is more; most spaces are not designed for them – and some are even designed to keep them out – but, nevertheless, skaters persevere through invention and creativity. Skaters actively search for interesting spaces or even ...


Rooted: Cultivating Social Inclusiveness + Food Equity, Andrew Newman May 2019

Rooted: Cultivating Social Inclusiveness + Food Equity, Andrew Newman

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

From great tragedy comes greater opportunity. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, New Orleans found itself in the midst of an unprecedented civic disaster after being abandoned by the state and ignored by the federal government. Outrage and concern about the slow political response culminated in the creation of a citizen-driven food network. This local food network consists of community-based farms and organizations that devoted their resources and time to providing under-served residents with sustained access to fresh produce. These local farms and gardens primarily began to sprout up in the hardest hit and most restricted of neighborhoods ...


Aging & Space, Jenshe Floyd May 2019

Aging & Space, Jenshe Floyd

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

There are many factors that contribute to our individuality, but aging is not one of them. Aging is a fundamental aspect that connects us all because at the end of the day we are all part of the aging process - a process that begins at birth and continues until death. When we are in our thirty’s the decrease of cognitive function begins. In our forties the difficulty in hearing and visions begins. In our fifties the decrease of mobility function declines and in our sixties our taste and smell become more difficult. By the time we reach our seventies ...


Reframing Urban Redevelopment Via Women Empowerment: Sustaining Existing Community In The West End Neighborhood, Dyesha Holmes May 2019

Reframing Urban Redevelopment Via Women Empowerment: Sustaining Existing Community In The West End Neighborhood, Dyesha Holmes

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

Recent studies in England found out that people who know their family history are more resistant to stress and anxiety. (Bradley, 2016) This connection between family history and place history is important in understanding the connection individuals have to the places they grew up and know. However, gentrification poses a threat to inner-city neighborhoods and disrupts the cyclical relationships between history and culture that forms the character of their social community. Ruth Glass coined the term gentrification in 1964 to describe the influx of middle-class people displacing lower-class worker residents in urban neighborhoods. Gentrification is a matter of oppression; displacement ...


Urban Stitch: A Game In Section, Jesse Garner May 2019

Urban Stitch: A Game In Section, Jesse Garner

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

A city begins as a small, centralized community where everybody knows each other. Social events take place in the city square, or even on sidewalks, creating a street culture. As a city grows, so does the demand for larger roads, and eventually highways. In the late 1940’s President Eisenhower initiated the interstate system, capable of handling large amounts of traffic, creating connections to larger cities with economic centers. Over the next forty years, the interstates were installed across the United States, either bypassing, or crossing through cities. Although necessary, at what point does the interstate, if taken through a ...


Social Discourse Between Humans And Animals, Sara Honeycutt May 2019

Social Discourse Between Humans And Animals, Sara Honeycutt

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

My project is to investigate social interaction through design. I am exploring to understand the social discourse between humans and animals. I propose an animal facility which houses adoptable dogs and cats as a method of bridging gaps in social interactions that are a result of the fast-paced media society we now live in. My thesis is an attempt to prove that the notions of architecture, animal and human, are interdependent of one another—that architecture is the vehicle working towards building a new relationship between humans and animals. Our domesticated animals rely on humans but we also lean on ...


Clarkston: A Place For The [Dis]Placed, Elizabeth Nguyen May 2019

Clarkston: A Place For The [Dis]Placed, Elizabeth Nguyen

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

This thesis explores architecture explicitly programmed for the uniqueness in Clarkston’s multicultural population diversity and their needs for assimilation where current resources are fragmented and some non-existent, lacking a real sense of community. I am proposing a master plan and a building to cater to the refugee families’ adaptation to America in a social, economic, educational and cultural context where diverse groups of people can co-exist to better assimilate into society.


Mixed Reality’S Ability To Craft And Establish An Experience Of Space, Corey Jones May 2019

Mixed Reality’S Ability To Craft And Establish An Experience Of Space, Corey Jones

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

Mixed Reality, when integrated into architecture, will enable open spaces and the perception of the built environment to change rapidly with little physical fabrication.

As architects, we design with a desired experience of space in mind and don’t typically design with a rapidly changing built environment to meet a fluctuating programmatic demand. Theater Program however, often requires such rapid changes to the perceived environment, that is the stage, and is an activator of social interaction based on a shared experience of the performances.

What would be the architectural implications if we were to integrate mixed reality as a factor ...


Mental Sensorium, Brittany Adkins May 2019

Mental Sensorium, Brittany Adkins

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

According to ADAA, nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable but only 36.9% are receiving any kind of treatment. Anxiety disorders develop based on a set of factors including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Many do not realize but our environment, especially the built environment we inhabit every day can have a positive or negative effect on our mental well-being. Architecture should not just focus on the physical needs of their inhabitants but the mental health needs as well.

The built environment has a considerable ...


Resurrecting A Fallen Angel: Architecture Remediating Pollution In Mexico City, Karen Rios May 2019

Resurrecting A Fallen Angel: Architecture Remediating Pollution In Mexico City, Karen Rios

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

Mexico City's population of over twenty-one million inhabitants makes it the second largest city in the world. Consequently, air pollution levels in the capital are outrageous.

The following proposal is not an attempt at fixing the city's pollution issues but, rather, presenting an innovative solution to be adopted throughout the city. The thesis aims at solving the contamination crisis' physical and psychological aspects.

That is, a combination of architectural intervention and community involvement will help slow down the rising pollution levels in a once beautiful city. Perhaps starting at a micro scale and spreading throughout the city.


Advancing School Environments Through Research Synthesis In Design, Callan Hoeve May 2019

Advancing School Environments Through Research Synthesis In Design, Callan Hoeve

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

While schools are still being constructed based on antiquated research and design strategies, this thesis project aims to take advantage and respond to all three of these areas of research: well-being, safety, and learning environment design.

The project began with the analysis of a newly constructed school that follows antiquated research methods: East Cobb Middle School. This proposed project will use the same site in it’s state prior to the current school’s construction in order to compare the proposed school design to the current one. This will reveal how the three areas of research can influence a cost ...


Spring 2019, Joëlle Walls Apr 2019

Spring 2019, Joëlle Walls

The Investigator Research Magazine

We are excited to launch The Investigator, a new magazine which will be produced annually by the Office of Research at Kennesaw State University. You will find stories that span the spectrum and which impact the community through the research, service and creative activities conducted by KSU faculty, staff and students.

One feature describes how Jonathan McMurry and John Salerno partnered to create KSU’s first incubator company, New Echota Biotechnology. Another feature details the first year success of KSU Upward Bound programs, implemented in Polk and Paulding county high schools which help prepare students for college.

You will read ...


Housing For All In India And Its Future In Sustainable Development, Nadia Shah Dec 2018

Housing For All In India And Its Future In Sustainable Development, Nadia Shah

Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective

The Government of India has been challenged with a growing housing demand for more than half a century, since its independence in 1947. The shift in the country’s population from rural to urban creates an emerging dynamic in the housing gap. While India continues to move forward, already the world’s fastest growing economy, in the realm of manufacturing and services, the housing demand continues to increase. This paper investigates the causes and consequences of the housing shortage in India, by examining the country’s past policies that have been public housing, sites and services, slum upgrading and self-help ...


Authentic Learning Environments: Designing A New Standard For Public Education, Stephanie Griffith, Stephanie J. Griffith Jul 2018

Authentic Learning Environments: Designing A New Standard For Public Education, Stephanie Griffith, Stephanie J. Griffith

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

The intention of this thesis is to explore the architectural problems of public primary school learning environments and propose possible solutions. This thesis draws from various public blog and public web article accounts and experiences of those working in or studying the institutions of primary education and the problems they are struggling to address. The architectural focus brings to light that while most educators argue that teaching can happen anywhere, this body of research will propose an optimal learning environment in which a set of ideal values are defined as authentic learning and is used to encourage and support a ...


Rag Time Revival, Michael Myers May 2018

Rag Time Revival, Michael Myers

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

The adaptive reuse of buildings within culturally rich historic city centers where urban regeneration solutions are crucial. Leveraging cultural heritage through architectural means as a vital mode of revitalization at the building scale…which will propagate out to influence the urban condition. Currently in Treme, New Orleans the beginning phases of major gentrification are taking place unchecked by legislation. It is kicking lifelong residents out and destroying the local culture. The principles of jazz culture sets up a good template for how Treme should grow; depending on collaboration & serendipity. This will be investigated through a catalyst site, the Louis Armstrong ...


Urban Oasis, Hailey Wilkins May 2018

Urban Oasis, Hailey Wilkins

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

We are living in the society with basic needs for connection, meaning, and purpose. This is because our generation is experiencing its highest level of documented mental illness patients in years due to a rise in urban sprawl, causing pollution, traffic, anxiety, depression and more, this is known as urban stress. The majority of our built environment is designed and constructed by architects and urban planners who disagree with the programmatic identity of the spaces that they are creating and how it starts to affect the user of the environment. The spaces they are creating without establishing a connection to ...


Papine Market: Culture, Climate, Resource, Denique Lindsay May 2018

Papine Market: Culture, Climate, Resource, Denique Lindsay

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

Markets maintain a setting for communities to make a living as well as provide daily life essentials. It is an act common in the culture and economy of places all around the globe. In the Caribbeans Greater Antilles it has prevailed historically as a necessary operation for the regions inhabitants. But many of the present day market settings, like that which is found on the island of Jamaica, have promoted unhealthy and uninviting environment for the market in habitants and for the surrounding contexts. One in particular has played a very important role in my family’s daily life, Papine ...


Atmospheric Resiliency: Enhancing Environmental Air Quality Through Bio-Architecture, Francesca Boakye May 2018

Atmospheric Resiliency: Enhancing Environmental Air Quality Through Bio-Architecture, Francesca Boakye

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

The theory of purifying a city’s smog filled atmosphere by using green microalgae can be architecturally realized through a designed building envelope composed of multiple units of microalgae filled perforated panels. The nature of this project is bio-architectural. Precise execution of it relies on deep research in vehicular emission pollution in terms of molecular composition. This research will help identify the most prominent pollutant in the smog composition and match it to a species of algae that can completely process it during photosynthesis. In addition to air pollution research, research on algae typology, growth and environmental impact is also ...


Post-War Learning Environments: Redefining Schools Designs In Iraq, Rana Al Rawi May 2018

Post-War Learning Environments: Redefining Schools Designs In Iraq, Rana Al Rawi

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

The learning environments in Iraq have been greatly affected by war and ongoing conflict in the past two decades. As a result, the drop-out rates have increased, academic achievement is low, and the students are suffering from stress. Architecturally, the existing school typologies in Iraq were designed more than 70 years ago and does not reflect the needs of the 21st century students. The new design does not only provide a physical function - an elementary school and a pedestrian bridge, but also presents a community gathering space for the parents and families of the two separated neighborhoods. Programmatic functions and ...


Vertical Essence, Didier Porter May 2018

Vertical Essence, Didier Porter

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

In the late 1800s, the technological advancements of the Industrial Revolution created a new typology of architecture, the high-rise. Through architecture, people could truly live and interact with one another in clouds, while experiencing breathtaking views of the world around. To accommodate the urbanization of cites, architects and urban planners adopted the concept of vertical living within the social housing sectors. Ambitious desires towards desirable, vertical living became undermined by poor construction and problematic living conditions. Built in deprived areas and isolated locations, these experiments of social housing became a concentration of poverty, crime, and violence. Dysfunctional social environments resorted ...