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Pleasure in complicity : a motel, banquet rooms, and retail space in Richmond Jacobson, Michael William 1997

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PLEASURE IN COMPLICITY: A MOTEL, BANQUET ROOMS, AND RETAIL SPACE IN RICHMOND by . MICHAEL WILLIAM JACOBSON B.A., The University of Lethbridge, 1991 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE-UNIv\ERSl|frY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA January 19§7 ©. Michael William Jacobson, 1997 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada D E - 6 ( 2 / 8 8 ) ABSTRACT Ideas of typology are pursued, expanding on popular preconceptions of automobile culture and strip architecture. The elements of type are investigated through an analysis of their physical, social, and economic relationships. An argument of complicity is developed as an alternative to the traditional "euro-urbanism" common to many municipal design guidelines. This position seeks to work within the context of the existing city, taking pleasure in its margins, gaps, and adjacencies. Considering the particular physical, cultural and economic conditions of the City of Richmond, this project is framed as the identification of an emerging spatial conception and program/use. The physical space of the city is seen to be shaped most directly by the inclusion of the automobile. The cultural influences of immigration are read on the surfaces of the city and through building programme. Economic realities shape the space of the city as a commodity to be constructed, marketed, and consumed. Through the analysis of the site and contextual conditions, strategies of spatial investigation emerged: the folding of the plane of the city (street) into the space of the building, the horizontal framing of the space of the city (serving as reference and dis-locator to both the automobile and the body as these move through the spaces of the project), and the assemblage of existing types to produce hybrid/mutant types. ii TABLE OF CONTENTS Title Page i Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Acknowledgement iv Plan Level 1 East Elevation South Elevation 1 Plan Level 2 West Elevation North Elevation 2 Plan Level 3 Section 1 Section 2 3 Plan Level 4 Section 3 Section 4 4 Plan Level 5 Section 5 Section 6 5 Plan Level 6 Section 7 Section 8 6 Model View - Northwest 7 Model View - North 8 Model View - South 9 Model View - Southeast 10 iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Sincerest appreciation is extended to my thesis committee: George Wagner (DS Mentor and Chair), Rafael Gomez-Moriana, and Bruce Carscadden. Their criticism and support was invaluable. A project like this is not accomplished by an individual, and my extreme gratitude is extended to all those who contributed along the way: Alex Percy, Omar Nagati, Menke, Jeanna South, Karen Holyk, Tony Grant, Susan Ockwell, Jacques Vrignon, Gordie Martyshuk, Bill Uhrich, and Chris Bligh. I would also like to thank my parents Bob and Sheila Jacobson for their love and support, and Caroline Stark for her patience. iv p l e a s u r e i n c o m p l i c i t y : r e n t i n g s p a c e i n r i c h m o n d m i c h a e l j a c o b s o n plan level 2 p l e a s u r e i n c o m p l i c i t y : r e n t i n g s p a c e i n r i c h m o n d m i c h a e l j a c o b s o n p l e a s u r e i n c o m p l i c i t y : r e n t i n g s p a c e i n r i c h m o n d m i c h a e l j a c o b s o n plan level 4 p l e a s u r e i n c o m p l i c i t y : r e n t i n g s p a c e i n r i c h m o n d m i c h a e l j a c o b s o n cn Model View - Northwest 7 Model View - North 8 9 


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