Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2015

Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Architecture and Community Design

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art & Architecture

First Advisor

Hana Mori Böttger

Second Advisor

Seth Wachtel

Third Advisor

John Zarobell


Informal settlements, also known as slums or squatter settlements, are a way of life for millions around the world, especially within urban centers. The challenge is to provide a better quality of life, both physically and socially. This thesis provides a critical look into the conditions, limitations, strengths, and hopes of the community of Payatas in Metro Manila, Philippines, with recommendations of measures to support and strengthen the community, by building upon the community’s positive elements to develop social impact.