Architecture of tolerance/intolerance
The idea for this thesis came to me gradually during my graduate studies. It is largely based on my adjustment to a new and foreign environment and my experience with the "cultural wall" that most, if not all, foreign students encounter. These adjustment can occur on multiple levels, from the most basic daily changes, like an altered diet, to more significant changes, such as those involving spiritual and religious inclinations. The thesis proposed an Afrocentric community center located on Cottage Grove on 24th Street in Des Moines, Iowa. The community center houses refugees from Africa and acts as an outreach center for citizens in need. The center gives a pan-African identity to the refugees while at the same time fostering a sense of community among diverse groups of individuals.