Title page for ETD etd-06032011-125812

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gonzalez, Liliana Maribel
URN etd-06032011-125812
Title Sacred + Profane
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Chair
Edge, Kay F. Committee Member
Grant, Elizabeth J. Committee Member
  • slums
  • materials
  • shrine
  • bathhouse
Date of Defense 2011-05-04
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In Iztapalapa, south of the Yuhualixqui volcano, lies an informal settlement of an estimated 2600

people. Informal settlements have with them the connotation of quick, temporary, unthoughful

architecture that dissolves with the first pass of rain. In reality, most of the informal settlements

that appear become permanent homes for those families. A community emerges through the

rough architecture and the need for the basic necessities becomes a daily struggle. Religious

faith is something that remains strong in slum communities, although water, the most essential

element is missing. I attempt to address both the religious faith of the community and their

need for water by providing a place where the most sacred and the profane meet.

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