Date of Award
Master of Architecture
Michael D Hagge
Paula J Myers
Pamela J Hurley
Marginalized populations are often under represented in the built environment as architecture finds itself bound by the desires of those who employ its services. Individuals, developers, planners, and local governments push for designs which are influenced by and designed for the status quo giving little thought to the full range of users which may inhabit the space. This thesis seeks to answer: how can architecture inspire change in the perception of marginalized populations? It will establish a framework for understanding the psychology of marginalized populations; define a specific marginalized population, the LGBTQ community, outline their use of space, resulting in a change of perception in the Mid-South region; emphasizing the concept of “third place” and its importance to marginalized populations. The common thread of experience will be illustrated throughout this thesis both in the research conducted and a design solution of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) offered.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Paulus, Robert Allen, "A Third Place for the Third Sex: How Architecture Can Influence a Change of Perception in Marginalized Populations" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 694.