Title page for ETD etd-03302004-134918

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author King, Sally Anita
URN etd-03302004-134918
Title Thresholds in the Urban Environment: Women and Children's Shelter
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Frascari, Marco Committee Member
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
  • shelter
  • urban
  • apartment
  • site
  • design
  • children
  • threshold
  • architecture
  • DC
  • women
Date of Defense 2002-09-20
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The premise of this thesis is to explore the transition of spaces through thresholds. This exploration begins with the urban environment and how one transitions through spaces into private spaces. In particular, this thesis addresses battered women and children and how their transition in life relates to transitional spaces. The journey began with research of precedence. However, the existence of shelters for battered women and children is relatively new. Therefore, I began at the roots of housing, community housing, monasteries, orphanages and dormitories. I also drew from my own experiences with roommates, dorm life and group situations.

This design reflects the transition of spaces and how that relates to the life of battered women and children. The site is located in Washington, DC.

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