Architecture as a communicator of values and identity: design for a police substation in a minority neighborhood



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Texas Tech University


Architecture has the potential of clearly defining the values and identities of its users; civic buildings have traditionally demonstrated such values, along with a feeling of community ownership. However, perception is based on identity and experience, so this is not always the case; for example, a police station sometimes finds itself the object of mistrust and suspicion because of the community's lack of confidence in its police.

This design thesis for a police substation in a poor, minority area of Dallas, Texas, seeks to develop a building which could heal the breach in confidence between the neighborhood residents and the police department through user-friendly visual clues and symbols.