I have been having major thesis-block lately. What terrible timing.
But, on the flip side I spent some time catching up with friends I haven't seen in ages and got a great precedent through one of them! Check out this interesting project from MVRDV. It's an open air farmers market with apartments and offices above. It may be a bit more brutal (i.e. ugly) than what I am aiming to achieve with my thesis, but the idea is there and I like it.