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Phát Lê "Cut Fruit Means I Love You"

Master of Architecture
2021 – Exhibition: How...? Ten Questions on the Future of Advocacy and Change

How can a community land trust combat displacement and produce resilient intergenerational networks within Toronto's Chinatown?

Currently proposed developments in Toronto's Chinatown threaten the agency of space often found in Asian diasporic communities, continuing oppressive systems of displacement. Using the model of a community land trust, this thesis envisions collaboration between members of the Chinatown BIA and the activist group Friends of Chinatown, representing two generational groups that are advocating for the legacy of Chinatown but sometimes in conflicting ways. The proposal mediates these tensions while providing a potential model for how architecture might respond to community power and control.