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dc.contributor.authorMai, Tony-
dc.description.abstractToronto’s downtown Chinatown was once the central core of Asian culture and business in Canada but now has been superceded by Markham’s opening of Pacific Mall and ongoing development of suburban neighbourhoods. As a result, Toronto’s Chinatown Centre, a mall and landmark in the heart of Chinatown, has significantly suffered as markets, shops and restaurants have either closed or are now deprived of business with no sight of recovery. Through a reinterpretation of core principles of the traditional Chinese siheyuan, this thesis explores how architecture can become a catalyst in the revitalization of Chinatown Centre, retaining inherent qualities of Chinese culture through a narrative which could be understood transgenerationally and transculturally. As geopolitical, economical and technological implications forced the outsprawl of Chinese communities to migrate out of downtown, the same factors could play a significant role in bringing the Chinese communities back. The project becomes a symbol and a physical reminder of Toronto’s resilience while bringing awareness to the serious issue of the declining Chinatown Centre.en_CA
dc.subjectchinese architectureen_CA
dc.subjectchinatown centreen_CA
dc.subjectcultural identityen_CA
dc.subjectceramic screensen_CA
dc.subjectsiheyuan reinterpretationen_CA
dc.subjectmodern chinese architectureen_CA
dc.subjectchinese reinterpretationen_CA
dc.subjectarchitectural reinterpretationen_CA
dc.titleCultural and architectural revitalization: a reinterpretation of Chinese traditionen_CA
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architecture (M.Arch)en_CA
dc.publisher.grantorLaurentian University of Sudburyen_CA
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