Title page for ETD etd-02022007-214330

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Johnston, Matthew Walker
Author's Email Address majohn13@vt.edu
URN etd-02022007-214330
Title Labor Heights Plaza: Place for an Emergent Public
Degree Master of Arts
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Miller, Patrick A. Committee Chair
Bork, Dean R. Committee Member
Yglesias, Caren L. Committee Member
  • day labor
  • plazas
  • public spaces
Date of Defense 2006-03-21
Availability unrestricted
Day laborers are a visible indication of an increasingly problematic immigration policy in the U.S. Their presence in area parking lots has agitated local residents, who demand action by municipalities. This thesis explores the issue of day labor waiting sites in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. region and proposes a physical design solution to help integrate these sites into existing neighborhoods.

A literature review provides background in plaza form and history, as well as some theories on immigration and assimilation. The case study examines a publicly-funded day labor waiting center. Lessons learned from this case study, as well as site analysis and a review of user needs, are then applied to the final design. The design takes the resilient public space type of the plaza and adapts it to the day laborers’ unique set of requirements, resulting in a multi-functional space that serves a diverse set of demands.

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  01intro_LitReview.pdf 2.84 Mb 00:13:08 00:06:45 00:05:54 00:02:57 00:00:15
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  03_site.pdf 7.45 Mb 00:34:29 00:17:44 00:15:31 00:07:45 00:00:39
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  05_reflection_references.pdf 126.98 Kb 00:00:35 00:00:18 00:00:15 00:00:07 < 00:00:01

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