Housing and Addiction: Designing for the 'Hard to House' in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Sayed, Hassan Ali
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The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods and one of Canada’s poorest. Once home to city hall and a bustling entertainment district, this neighbourhood has slowly been overtaken by an open drug market. With many individuals in this area without permanent residence, temporary shelters have become a refuge for the homeless. As a response to the need for permanent housing in this area, this thesis explores the role of architecture in housing the homeless, specifically those who suffer from drug addiction. Building on precedents of mixed use affordable housing programs in Canada and the U.S., this project focuses on ways of facilitating services and activities that seek to improve the quality of life for the disenfranchised.