de la Garza, Ricardo Gabriel (2022-04). Connections Through Intersection. Master's Thesis.
This project discusses the overlap of several needs in a community that can be connected at one intersection. The goal is to make resources accessible to more people in the community and create an intersection of multiple programs based on the needs identified in the city. I've applied these ideas to a project that addresses the needs of the people in the city of Mission, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, along the US-Mexico border. This is where I'm from. The area comprises some of the poorest and least educated counties in the nation. This project aims to find connections and overlaps of needs of the people in the community that can be addressed through architecture. It asks questions that apply to cultural, societal, economical, and physical facets that undeniably have an overlap. This should be explored through architecture to define what the needs are to then propose a design solution. The goal of this project closely aligns with this idea in an effort to propose a design solution that was effective and efficient in its endeavors. It refutes the need for complicated design elements and instead relies on a refined idea and details that compose a building that is effective and efficient in its use of architectural moves. The goal of the project was to provide the City of Mission and its residents with an easily accessible (financially, socially, and geographically) community center and park system that directly responded to the needs of the people in the community. These needs language, education, economy, and health were all addressed in one project that speaks to a larger idea: care. Care means many different things to many different people, but this project proposes that at least some of the needs of the community can be addressed at one intersection point that connects this wide array of people that make up the community of Mission, Texas.