Utilizing Peer-to-Peer Collaboration to Generate Female Empowerment: Designing for Refugee Women and Young Girls in Clarkston, Georgia
Kaeowichian, Sarunporn (Amy)
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Interior Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Interior Design
Bibliography: pages 72-76
"This thesis explores ways to empower the highly vulnerable population of refugee women and girls to overcome the struggles of their daily life. The thesis focuses on refugee women and girls who reside in Clarkston, Georgia and whom are prone to poverty, violence, and inequality. Community-based design, place identity, and restorative environment theories are applied to this thesis. Qualitative research methods, such as interviews, focus groups, behavioral mapping, and precedent studies, were used to further explore and issues faced by refugees and to develop a suitable design solution for a built environment which meets the needs of this special end user population. This thesis intends to create an integral community space for refugee women and girls to promote individual, peer, and community empowerment through a peer-to-peer collaboration platform. Participants are encouraged to utilize their decision-making power to choose from a variety of activities and spaces while in the center to enhance individual self-esteem and self-reliance."
Keywords: refugee women and girls, peer-to-peer collaboration platform, empowerment, decision making power, integral community
CHAIR: Gray, Rebekah
PDF : 76 pages, color illustrations, map, plans
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