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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


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Date Range
2013 2018


In today’s world, critical thinking and using a systems approach to problem solving are skills that are far too rare. In the age of information, the truth has become muddled by “fake news” and a constant barrage of exaggerations or blatant falsehoods. Without critical thinking skills, “many members of our society do not command the scientific literacy necessary to address important societal issues and concerns” (NCES 2012, p.11). Additionally, far too many people are incapable of thinking long term and understanding how their actions affect others. Because of this shortsightedness our world is facing one of its biggest ecological crises ...

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Votaw, Alexandra Lindsay, Larson, Kelli, Herrmann, Lisa, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

A Form of Architecture that Adapts and Reacts to Challenges Accordingly and Actively, to Challenges Introduced and Forces Presented by Landslides This research and design project proposes an active (resilient/adaptive) architecture to address the problem of natural disasters in developing communities. Natural disasters are the outcome created when mankind stops listening and learning to the surrounding environment. They are like any other natural hazard created by the environment, or human activity, the only difference is that natural disasters are destructive, claiming lives and damaging economies of affected areas. Research shows that it is more expensive for a community to recover ...

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Karenzi, Emery, Vekstein, Claudio, Hejduk, Renata, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

I devote my thesis to the practice of adaptive architecture and parametric design. The interactive and adaptive design would be my interest and my research thesis will be the process of exploring the architectural potentials of computer-programmed architectural design which interact with human beings. Start with the adaptive architectural theory of Neil Leach and Sou Fujimoto’s architectural theory of architecture type, I explore and test the possibilities with current tools. I did reseach on the current study and practice of adaptive and interactive architecture in 20 century. After a series of study and experiment, I decided to make the “mirror” ...

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Ju, Dewen, Diego, Garcia-Setien, Hejduk, Renata, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The purpose of this text is to research and specify inequities present within three South American cities; Medellin, Columbia, Mexico City, Mexico, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This research then considers specific neighborhoods within these cities that have become underprivileged as a result of the inequities, and analyzes architectural insertions that have been placed in these communities in hopes of balancing the inequities secluding the communities from the rest of the city. With the information gathered from the three case study cities, another city, Tijuana, Mexico, is examined and ascertained as to what type of inequities are present. Using the ...

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Borie, Isabelle Ethelbah, Spellman, Catherine, Vekstein, Claudio, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

As it currently stands, implementation of the bicycle into urban conditions is an afterthought. Cyclists face numerous safety concerns on a daily basis that are avoidable. Congestion within cities increases as available space within cities decreases. In addition, the energy and environmental crisis mandates the resolution of personal transportation methods. The opportunity for implementation of the bicycle is now, however the current infrastructure of the city of Tempe cannot sustain the bicyclist. Through the proposal of an architectural solution to the addition of the bicycle as a means of transportation in Tempe, this project aims to resolve the aforementioned issues ...

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Gulinson, Jacob Michael, Ryan, Mark, Hejduk, Renata, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

In a world where tweets, texts, posts, likes and favorites are a part of our daily lives, it’s hard not to believe everything we see. Every little detail of one’s personal life is easily shared with the world with the click of a button. And because of this, the beauty standards that society has created is jumping from the pages of magazines and TV shows to apps such as Instagram and Facebook. The majority of social media users are young teens and adults, but the popularity of these apps is rising among kids as young as five years old as ...

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Henry, Lauren Nicole, Sanft, Alfred, Heywood, William, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The trends of products made by today’s companies follow a traditional linear economy where materials for products and services are taken, made, and then used until they are disposed of. In this model cheap materials are relied on in large amounts and our current rate of usage is unsustainable. Pollution and climate change are effects of this linear economy, and in order to secure a sustainable future for life on this planet, this model is not fit. A circular business model is the future for companies and products. Circular design and biomimicry are at the forefront of this transition. In ...

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Reniewicki, Johnathan Robert, Sanft, Alfred, Boradkar, Prasad, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Promoted by the city to increase land values and provide jobs in the barrios of South Phoenix, industry became a force of massive disturbance along Buckeye Road, interrupting the residential scale with large industrial lots, many of which have been abandoned. However, latent in the landscape are remnants of better times in the vibrant gestures of everyday urbanism. Inspired by this palate of lively, idiosyncratic street designs—created out of necessity by people making-do—this project seeks to bring identity, value, and vitality to this challenging human environment. This project uses concepts and processes of disturbance ecology and ecological succession, specifically the ...

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Whitesides, Ashley Nicole, Petrucci, Darren, Hejduk, Renata, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Censorship is used as a structure to limit the ability of minority social groups to share opinions and ideologies. This in turn constricts our view of reality. My creative project educates the public about the different forms censorship takes. It also provides a space for people to speak uncensored in an effort to protect their right to be heard.

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Engler, Jessie Christine, Fehler, Michelle, Heywood, William, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The goal of this creative thesis is to construct and implement an outdoor learning environment for the students who currently attend AIM's homework club. The project is underway and will be undergoing construction over the next few months.

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Peralta, Crystal Diane, Coseo, Paul, Cook, Edward, et al.
Created Date
2018-05