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Expanding Hope In Payatas, Rhea Cristine S. Bautista May 2015

Expanding Hope In Payatas, Rhea Cristine S. Bautista

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Informal settlements, also known as slums or squatter settlements, are a way of life for millions around the world, especially within urban centers. The challenge is to provide a better quality of life, both physically and socially. This thesis provides a critical look into the conditions, limitations, strengths, and hopes of the community of Payatas in Metro Manila, Philippines, with recommendations of measures to support and strengthen the community, by building upon the community’s positive elements to develop social impact.


“The Bedroom And The Barnyard: Zoomorphic Lust Through Territory, Procedure, And Shelter In ‘The Miller’S Tale’” & Haunchebones, Danielle N. Byington May 2015

“The Bedroom And The Barnyard: Zoomorphic Lust Through Territory, Procedure, And Shelter In ‘The Miller’S Tale’” & Haunchebones, Danielle N. Byington

Undergraduate Honors Theses

“The Bedroom and the Barnyard: Zoomorphic Lust Through Territory, Procedure, and Shelter in ‘The Miller’s Tale’” is an academic endeavor that takes Chaucer’s zoomorphic metaphors and similes and analyzes them in a sense that reveals the chaos of what is human and what is animal tendency. The academic work is expressed in the adjunct creative project, Haunchebones, a 10-minute drama that echoes the tale and its zoomorphic influences, while presenting the content in a stylized play influenced by Theatre of the Absurd and artwork from the medieval and early renaissance period.


Inspire. Empower. Live.: A Design Solution For The Deaf And Hearing-Impaired, Caryn M. Brahams May 2015

Inspire. Empower. Live.: A Design Solution For The Deaf And Hearing-Impaired, Caryn M. Brahams

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Being "deaf" is defined as the inability to hear, but it can also be defined as a culture centered around sensibilities and shared life experiences. This endeavor seeks to integrate the hearing-impaired and hearing communities through the application of "Deaf Space" and other design theories. The result is an inspiring, empowering, and lively solution.


A Comparative Analysis Of Five Greek Fountain Houses, Maura Brennan May 2015

A Comparative Analysis Of Five Greek Fountain Houses, Maura Brennan

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Fountain houses were ubiquitous in Greek agoras in the Archaic and Classical periods. These structures were public and utilitarian, and yet often overlooked when analyzing the components of a Greek agora. This thesis examines five fountain houses across the Greek world, using architectural, archaeological, and literary evidence in order to reach a more holistic understanding of the form and function of these buildings in Greek society.


Discovering What Lies Below: The Exploration Of William & Mary's Crypt Under The Chapel, Somayah S. Allibhai-Mawani Apr 2015

Discovering What Lies Below: The Exploration Of William & Mary's Crypt Under The Chapel, Somayah S. Allibhai-Mawani

Undergraduate Honors Theses

My goal for this research project was to better understand the largely misconceived crypt space on campus. When speaking with students, faculty, staff, and community members in Williamsburg, I found about half of the population to be unaware of the bodies interred below the chapel floor. This was astonishing to me, as while many men and women worshiped, watched concerts, and took part in ceremonies within the Wren Building’s south wing, none were aware or informed about the local dignitaries directly below their feet. For those that were familiar about the crypt below, little accurate knowledge was known. This ...


Neo-Traditional Town Centers And Residential Travel Behavior: Effect Of Retail Composition, Sung Won Han Jan 2015

Neo-Traditional Town Centers And Residential Travel Behavior: Effect Of Retail Composition, Sung Won Han

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Neo-traditional developments are often comprised of mix-use neighborhoods with a town center that acts as the central commercial district that is easily accessible to the surrounding residents without a car. This paper investigates the reality of walking and biking in two such neo-traditional developments in Colorado. I compared frequency and purpose of non-car trips in two neighborhoods whose local town centers differ in retail composition. The first town center, Belmar, has a higher composition of comparison goods and services such as clothing, apparel, and other comparison goods. The second, East 29th Avenue Town Center, has a higher composition of ...


Innovations For A Campground Water System: A Biomimicry Approach, Courtney Young Jan 2015

Innovations For A Campground Water System: A Biomimicry Approach, Courtney Young

Undergraduate Honors Theses

I have studied the forms of mycorrhizae and xerophytes to gain inspiration for a water system upgrade. This process of emulating natural forms and strategies is called biomimicry. The U.S. Forest Service is in the preliminary stages of an upgrade for an aging water system at the Prospector Campground in the White River National Forest. Forest Service engineers and designers will use my research as they redesign this system.

I looked at over twenty plants to find adaptations that helped manage water efficiently. I chose to study mycorrhizae and xerophytes because of their wide range and prevalence.

Mycorrhiza is ...


Adaptive Water Management: Alternatives To Close The Supply-Demand Gap In The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Colin Mayberry Jan 2015

Adaptive Water Management: Alternatives To Close The Supply-Demand Gap In The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Colin Mayberry

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Population growth and climate change present water providers with management challenges to maintaining the supply, affordability, and reliability of water resources. In the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Northern Water), population growth poses a 110,000 acre-feet supply-demand gap by the year 2050. Moreover, climatic shifts will simultaneously shift the timing, type, and distribution of expected precipitation. Predict-and-control strategies and traditional agricultural-municipal water transfers are not well-suited to manage water resources in a future dominated by uncertainties. This thesis proposes an adaptive management strategy for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Northern Water). It presents a novel approach to water ...


The True Cost Of Sips: A Comprehensive Tool For Comparing The Price Of Residential Structural Insulated Panel And Stick Frame Construction, Adam Meis Jan 2015

The True Cost Of Sips: A Comprehensive Tool For Comparing The Price Of Residential Structural Insulated Panel And Stick Frame Construction, Adam Meis

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Increasing the quality of a home generally increases the cost of construction; however, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) illustrate one innovation that may be able to break this rule. Can a smallscale home that is stronger and more energy efficient be built in less time and with less construction waste for the same lifespan cost as traditional stickframe construction? Small scale residential construction does not benefit from an economy of scale that helps reduce the cost of SIPs in larger homes, this study assesses whether costbased design decisions can offset the monetary savings from this economy of scale. This study determines ...


Gentrification In The Neoliberal World Order: A Study Of Urban Change In The River North District Of Denver, Colorado, Laura Conway Jan 2015

Gentrification In The Neoliberal World Order: A Study Of Urban Change In The River North District Of Denver, Colorado, Laura Conway

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The River North Arts district in Denver, Colorado has undergone a rapid transformation in the previous two years. I claim that the transformations are not the normal development of a thriving city but instead a neoliberal reimagining of the cityscape. The literature of gentrification was studied in this thesis to synthesize an understanding of gentrification as a neoliberal urban strategy. Subsequently I connected the locality of River North to the larger processes of neoliberal place making through an aesthetic reading, study of maps, and quantitative study of tax assessment data.


Playground: How Ground Surface Materials Influence Children’S Activities In Public Playgrounds, Elizabeth Seaver Jan 2015

Playground: How Ground Surface Materials Influence Children’S Activities In Public Playgrounds, Elizabeth Seaver

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The rise in childhood obesity levels over the last few decades has brought increased attention to public playgrounds as an opportunity to promote healthy physical activity in children. The design of public playgrounds is now viewed as a factor that significantly influences children’s levels of activity that take place in that location. One crucial aspect of playground design is the use of different ground surface materials and how they promote either active or sedentary behavior. This investigation aimed to understand how ground surfaces influence physical activity levels in children and to determine what types of ground materials are the ...


Analysis For Intervention: The Contribution Of Existing Ecologies To The Design Of Place-Based Urban Landscapes, Erin Hauer Jan 2015

Analysis For Intervention: The Contribution Of Existing Ecologies To The Design Of Place-Based Urban Landscapes, Erin Hauer

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Conventional urban growth tends to happen irrespective of environmental context, causing the degradation of ecologically functional and diverse landscapes. This trend separates people from native ecological processes and the inherent benefits they provide (McHarg 1969). Urban systems become unsustainable by failing to incorporate the economic, cultural and ecological values of natural features, relying instead on outsourced energy and high-maintenance infrastructure. In contrast, concepts of ecologically supportive landscapes inspire the design and growth of cities in alignment with natural features. Recognizing the value that increased green space has for the improvement of urban ecologies, this thesis focuses on the restoration of ...


Mod Food: Design Of A Semi-Permanent Modular Food System For Educational Innovation, Margaret Fryke Jan 2015

Mod Food: Design Of A Semi-Permanent Modular Food System For Educational Innovation, Margaret Fryke

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Food is the one consistent variable between cultures and communities that unites people. In the last 80 years, as a result of the shift from locally owned family farms to the industrial scale production of cash crops, consumers have become isolated and alienated from where food comes from and how it is grown (Ferdman, 2014) This lack of understanding is due to an absence of education about food production, raising the question: How can food production be reimagined and presented in a way that is eye catching, promotes a healthy diet, and fosters an excitement about and fundamental understanding of ...