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Document Type

Open Access

Degree Program

Architecture

Degree Type

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Year Degree Awarded

2011

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

Design for Deconstruction, Retail, Recycling, Deconstruction, Green, Sustainable

Abstract

In our fickle economy today, retail can be booming one year and going out of business the next. When things aren't going so well commercial retail buildings are left vacant and then can become eyesores that lead to a communities economic downturn. This thesis proposes a solution by designing commercial buildings for re-use by designing for deconstruction; so that whole buildings can be disassembled and relocated, or that building components can be recycled back into the materials loop.

First Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch

Second Advisor

Ray K. Mann

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