Date of Submission

Spring 5-8-2023

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Ermal Shpuza


On the east side of Atlanta, near Krog Street Tunnel, a Vacant Freight Container parking consisting of 70 acres divides local communities from one another. Also contributing to this divide in this part of the city is a major artery Dekalb Avenue as well as the major rail infrastructure that travels through Atlanta. Due to the Sites Elevated from the ground Concrete pad, this accentuates even more how this site is interrupting the local society in the area.

Since the area of this part of town is lively and flourishing thanks to markets, business, residency and the beltline activating the neighborhood, there is already so much potential at this site. But in order to push growth for the east side of Atlanta also known as the Inman park and cabbagetown area, this site needs to be redeveloped to push Urban Diversity even further. Locals have already taken initiative to redevelop this site but no action has occurred. This site is not only perfect for re-development for local growth but how could a new type of community be retrofitted here? Recently, with an influx of immigrants from Latin America, relief centers are needed for New Immigrants looking for new life In The United States. My thesis looks at how vacant parts of dense cities can be transformed for local growth while also allowing a new type of growth for new comers.

This Thesis Project proposes the Design for re-developing a vacant site into a flourishing Refugee & Local neighborhood Community. It shall provide not only housing and training centers for Refugees but also new retail locations, community spaces, parks, plazas and extending markets onto the site for fresh activities for the locals. Due to the Sites large plot, enough space is available for several program to be fused together while providing privacy for Refugees and public space for locals. My thesis aims to provide an interface between refugees and different type of inhabitants.

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