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Back to school : the alternate ground of integration

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dc.contributor.advisor Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian. en_US Kim, Kyu Ree, M. Arch. Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US 2008-09-03T14:37:06Z 2008-09-03T14:37:06Z 2007 en_US 2007 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2007. en_US
dc.description Page 120 blank. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 116-118). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis embraces the leftover spaces along the back alleyways and turns them into fronts. It proposes inhabitation of spaces below,above and in-between the warehouses through strategic and programmatically specific engagement. As such this project aims to devise a system that integrates both physical and sociological urban fractures.The site is the Los Angeles Fashion District. It is a place of constant transformation; with its evolving fashion trends, new techniques of production, a changing workforce and new buildings. Yet, despite all the sociological and technological changes, the apparel industry still remains labor intensive. Furthermore, the LA Fashion District concentrates the large number of recent immigrants who are mostly undereducated or uneducated. In response to this situation, I am proposing the School for Apparel Industry Workers. Modeled based on current education facilities for adult immigrants, it provides learning opportunities to the workers at their workplace. The school also acts as an architectural connector. It creates mutual relationships among buildings in the alleyways. Pleating, an apparel industry technique, is employed here as an architectural strategy to develop the system of the project that establish physical and sociological connections. It is also a tool in the organization of school programs as well as a technical solution in appropriating existing structures. Its structural and spatial flexibility exploits the diverse shapes extant in existing structures, providing both visual and physical connections between workplace and learning, while fostering greater acceptance and knowledge of immigrants in the community at large. Key words: immigrant, apparel industry, informality, school for immigrant workers, infill, pleat en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Kyu Ree Kim. en_US
dc.format.extent 120 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title Back to school : the alternate ground of integration en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.Arch. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 226235487 en_US

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