Reflexivity in the City of Quito: Redesigning the Garcia Moreno Penitentiary
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M. Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references (page 161).
"The rapid increase of population in the city of Quito has led to the dramatic transformation of its urban fabric. The metropolitan district of the city comprises an area of 100,000 hectares and a growing population of 2.2 million. However, due to urban sprawl, a third of its total area is vacant. Such phenomenon has caused a decrease in the average density of Quito, particularly affecting the Historic District. In response to this outcome, the city must reinforce its productive density through the adaptive reuse of vacant buildings, updating their roles capable of revitalizing disintegrated areas. By embracing adaptive reuse as a means to conserve resources and densify urban structures, cities will develop sustainably at an environmental and social level. Architectural interventions have the potential to impact local communities, releasing social and economic transformations that would eradicate current socio-cultural issues. This thesis seeks to establish an architectural intervention that would aid the Garcia Moreno Penitentiary regain its value as a structure and site location in the Historic District of Quito. In order to pursue this outcome, a reflexive design strategy is used. The decisions made are derived from a previous stimulus which is reflected throughout the project. Reflexivity is the combination of two forces in order to create change."
Keywords: reflexivity, Quito, adaptive reuse, panopticon, context, responsive architecture
CHAIR: Rogers-Varland, Julie
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