Date of Submission
Bachelor of Architecture
Edwin E. Akins II
A major issue currently facing Atlanta and many growing cities is the issue of displacement as a result of redevelopment. As cities grow and improve, homeless individuals living on the fringes of society are being forced to vacate and move on.
My thesis aims to identify areas where struggling people are at a heightened risk of being further displaced by the rapid redevelopment of ‘fringe’ areas. It seeks to provide a proactive response to mitigate the harm, while aiding in an active rehabilitation process for effected peripheral communities. I am proposing the concept of temporary centers that can be established in at-risk areas that would provide aid to those negatively affected by redevelopment. These temporary centers would be established in individual units, each providing unique services based upon the needs of the location. These units would provide a variety of supplemental living necessities such as water, sanitation, and access to services such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation, job training/opportunities, as well as assistance in the relocation process.
The goal is to provide stability and hope in an atmosphere of uncertainty. As these temporary structures begin aiding those struggling, the idea is that these people will be able to rise above their situations and find their own stability.
McKim, Matthew D., "Fringe to Focus - An Inversion of Peripheral Inhabitation" (2018). Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year. 51.