Strip culture: Emergent identities in the suburban landscape
Ma, Quyen To
Master of Architecture
The history of the ethnic enclave as urban phenomena exhibits innovative use of existing space and infrastructure. Adaptability becomes second nature for survival. In the suburban neighborhood of Alief, a large ethnic population has rendered the neighborhood into a fascinating and dynamic international microcosm. Coined the new Chinatown, this multi-cultural neighborhood is a dynamic place, as one moves through the urban scape they are confronted with street signs in Chinese, Middle Eastern Cafes, Spanish Newspapers, and Buddhist Temples. Signs and graphics label, however they insufficiently capture the energy of the community, and instead create caricature negating the uniqueness and dynamism of the neighborhood. Culture here, is a layered experience of the senses.