"Enclaves of ethnic culture nurtured in a host environment form our generalarea of study. Most particularly we concentrate on analyzing the conditionsthat occur at the physical and cultural boundaries between the two cultures: the host and the hosted. Our test case has been primarily New York's Lower Manhattan a fer-tile ground for many different communities in the past and present. Thecity's urban and architectural character is to a large degree the reflection ofthe presence of several ethnic groups that adapt the environment accordingto cultural needs and traditions.The pan of town identified today as Chinatown extends far beyond the con-fined blocks occupied between 1840 and the 60's and overflows into LittleItaly and the Jewish Lower East Side. Chinatown brimming withsmells of vegetable produce and fish and is crowded with people, restaurantsand street trade resembling a bustling town in the Far East. The brick,stone and iron tenement facades are coated with layers of plexiglass signageof Chinese characters. There are also banners, fliers and posters, all inChinese. On several occasions one sees applied architectural elements on thefacades or in interiors, reminiscent of Chinese culture.Interspersed in the East Village and the Lower East Side's empty blocks, ex-ist temporary structures known to the Latin population as "Casltas".These recall equivalent communal structures to be found in Puerto Rico andother areas in the Carribean. The Cassitas in New York are unique urbanvernacular spaces that assert the cultural rebelious autonomy of the com-munityAs "nodes" in the urban fabric are places of worship of various relig-ions, They each "restore" a particular symbolically coded environment,utilizing orientation, geometry and iconography. On several occasions, suchplaces are inherited from previous congregations, in which cases adapta-tions occur, although the cultural layering is inescapably conspicuous.In the Derridean Deconstructivist methods of analysis it is examinedhow the breeds of cultures sustained under the dominant culture are beingconstantly nurtured and undermined at the same time by each other. Whatare the systems of hierarchical structures in effect. What elements arechosen as representative of a culture in question and how they are used. Themajor topics of this discourse are to investigate the extents of the argumentof the dislocated culture acquiring the status of a new culture (if how andwhen) through finding and what It means for whom As we are witnessing the emergence of increasingly multicultural societiesand their direct reflection to the urban environment, we add this researchas a contribution to the efforts of recording the changes that occur to thecity."