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 Keywords
Date of Defense 2011-05-04 Availability restricted AbstractIn 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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