Date of Submission

Spring 5-4-2018

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

William Carpenter

Secondary Advisor

Bronne Dytoc


Civil architecture for the neglected youths is an attempt to address a social issue of the growing homelessness youth population through architecture in Atlanta Georgia region. Architecture establishes a platform to influence the way in which we interact with one another; However the commercial architecture of the 21st century has forged a boundary that encourages segregation of economic classes. These issues are apparent in gentrified areas. Characteristics of most of these gentrified communities include: sustainable designs, high standard of living, safety, etc. Sustainable designs can provide long run savings and cost-effectiveness in home energy usage but are mostly applied in areas of higher economic classes. This thesis however, seeks to propose using the idea of sustainability to design an architecture that encourages affordability as well as mixed communities of economic classes. If sustainable designs can provide long run savings and cost-effectiveness in home energy usage, why don't we concentrate on using sustainable designs to promote affordability for those who are in need? The most in need individuals eligible for affordable designs in the society are the homeless individuals who have been affected by gentrification, home-violence, age-out teenagers, and many more. Of this homeless population, the homeless youth make up for more than 50% of the homeless population in the Atlanta area only. According to research, youths from the ages of 18-28 show to be the most affected because generally when under the age of 18, numerous resources are provided; however, after the age of 18, it is believed that one that fend for themselves. Nevertheless, not every one has the foundation and resources to. This thesis seeks to provide a platform for assistance of affected individuals utilizing the idea of affordability, sustainability, and mixing communities of different economic classes through architecture.

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