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dc.contributor.advisor Pope, Albert
dc.creatorBaraldi, L. Philip
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-03T18:31:15Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-03T18:31:15Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/103538
dc.description.abstract Informal methods of pooling, recycling, and redistributing scarce commodities that have long sustained villages of 10s and 100s now support dense conurbations of millions in peri-urban areas around cities throughout the developing world. This thesis is about engaging these mega-scale subsistence economies where conventional, centralized urban design strategies are absent or failing. Informal, "soft infrastructure" is identified as the critical medium and subject for architecture in this new urban context. Field research demonstrates an emerging hybridized field of symbiotic relationships between multitudes of petty entrepreneurs and a handful of format architectural interventions. An urban development strategy applicable to cities throughout the developing world is proposed. Finally, the thesis demonstrates how this strategy could be implemented on the dry lake bed of former Lake Texcoco in Mexico City to direct and support vulnerable subsistence economies towards greater levels of self-sufficiency and sustainability.
dc.format.extent 95 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectLandscaping
Architecture
Urban planning
Area planning & development
Communication and the arts
Social sciences
dc.title Urbanisms of subsistence: The void, the seed & the splint
dc.identifier.digital 304507919
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Architecture
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Architecture
dc.identifier.callno THESIS ARCH. 2008 BARALDI
dc.identifier.citation Baraldi, L. Philip. "Urbanisms of subsistence: The void, the seed & the splint." (2008) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/103538.


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