Adaptations of home: Mexican, Montagnard and Sudanese immigrants' use of space in Greensboro, NC. (2007)
Advised by Patrick Lucas.
"The new reality of the swelling immigrant population raises issues of integration and the policies to achieve it. Inherent in the term "integration" is the assumption of a two-way process involving both immigrants and residents; in turn, this implies that public policies should support immigrants as they work to become a part of American society (Singer, 2005). Each day brings new immigrants to North Carolina. Whether coming as laborers, refugees or for a new start, the population's housing needs must be understood. If not, as Arimah (1999) suggests "these houses may then be abandoned, or where occupied, greatly modified to suit the housing needs of their occupants" (p. 40). It is my belief that once an assessment of the changes the immigrants make to their current homes takes place, interior architects will be more capable of creating interior environments that better fit Greensboro's Mexican, Montagnard and Sudanese populations.
View complete thesis at http://libres.uncg.edu/edocs/etd/1350/umi-uncg-1350.pdf