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The proposal for this project is to create a Rehabilitation Center for Adolescent Offenders that offers the possibility to reinsert them back into society as positive individuals.

Despite the deficiency in laws and the lack of an efficient judicial process, the goal for this project is to set an example and demonstrate how, even with those difficulties, adolescents can be rehabilitated and reinserted back into society successfully, leaving their criminal past behind. Eventually, this project aims to become an important contribution for the future generations of Ecuador by being a motivation that leads to the creation of similar centers across the country, but most importantly, to the rethinking of certain laws and judicial processes.

Most of the time, people overlook architecture’s true purpose and potential. It is common for people to see architecture just as a place that is meant to be occupied, instead of considering that this same place could actually be a bigger part of their lives than what they think. In fact, architecture is closely involved with people and can influence their behavior, mood, and even their health.

Similarly, architecture is capable of playing a major role in the rehabilitation process of an adolescent and in its reinsertion to society. A building that is able to provide all the necessities for an adolescent’s rehabilitation is extremely necessary. However, in addition to functionality, architecture has to promote a proper environment that stimulates good behavior, calmness, relaxation and reflection. Architecture has the potential of influencing peoples’ emotions and attitudes, and if combined with the proper professional help, architecture can play an important role as a rehabilitator and help reinsert adolescents back in to society as positive and independent beings, who choose to stay away from a criminal lifestyle.

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