Particular reference to theories by Iain Borden Jeffrey Hou Andy Bennett Dick

Particular reference to theories by iain borden

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Particular reference to theories by Iain Borden, Jeffrey Hou, Andy Bennett, Dick Hebdige and others, explore the notions around the insurgent use of public space, youth culture, street culture, and the meaning of style and expression among youth. Through research into various subcultures of youth and activities that youth are actively involved in in and around the city, it aims to explore the recreational centre as a programmatic model for reaching
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young people and young at hearts in Zamboanga City. By appropriating the language and influences of youth as key design ingredients, it aims to create an architectural intervention, called STREETSCAPE Recreational Center, in Zamboanga City, through which youth can reconnect to their surroundings thus giving youngsters and young at hearts a much-needed sense of place and identity within their ever- changing city. There are obviously many issues that face todays youth such as: safe sex, substance abuse, gang involvement, crime, and possible the most detramental to our future is unemployment and lack of skills. One can even see a direct correlation between the age of these young adults and the average age of a robber or troublemakers in Zamboanga City being between the ages of 18 - 24 years. Therefore, an architectural response to youth is not easy. Youth have a very different set of values, understandings and needs and so they need to be spoken to on a level with which they understand. It is for this reason that this study focuses on activities that youth are actively involved in, in and around the city, in order to draw inspiration from in designing a recreational center that engages youth. These activities often have an insurgent nature where youngsters are appropriating spaces within the city in order to express themselves and find a sense of place and it is for this reason that the study refer to them as the Street Escapers, more specifically, these are street artists, dancers or breakdancers, skateboarders and parkour groups, thus, getting the name of the recreational center (STREETSCAPE) because here they will find recreational activities, that are mostly done in streets, as an escape in having fun and at the same time learning.
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