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Quito has no distinct marginal belt, or barrio, section within the city. Rather, there are tugurios (or poor) living throughout the city, with higher concentrations in the historical city center of Quito. This historical center is rich in culture and history, as seen especially in its attractive colonial-style buildings. However, these buildings are being neglected at present and are losing their charm and historical value because they belong to the tugurio. The author feels it is impor­tant to preserve the historical relevance and charm of the old city center and at the same time provide adequate housing for those in the tugurio.

This thesis proposes to achieve such a goal by renovating the existing colonial buildings to accommodate the low-income populace.

After analysis of a city block and description of four houses in detail, the author discusses the overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions in this area. Architectural solutions are presented that may alleviate these physical problems, while not changing radically the life structure of the families.

Housing-tenure solutions involving the populace of the historical center of Quito are presented. Those in the lowest income bracket can receive housing aid only by private or government subsidy.

In conclusion, the author points out that architecturally the renovation of the historical center of Quito is feasible; but, because of economical and political conditions, the renovation for the lowest income populace is not feasible at this time.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Edith Ann Cherry

Second Committee Member

Richard Nordhaus

Third Committee Member

Donald Schlegel

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