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Dwelling as a form of homelessness: a Travelers’ Hotel on Davie Street, Vancouver Hagarty, Terry Martin 1997

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DWELLING AS A FORM OF HOMELESSNESS A TRAVELERS' HOTEL ON DAVIE STREET, VANCOUVER by TERRY MARTIN HAGARTY B.A., University of Victoria, 1993 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE We accept this thesis as |pi||prrning to the required standard in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture THE UNIVERSITY C5F BRITISH COLUMBIA February 1997 (c) Terry Martin Hagarty, 1997 I n p r e s e n t i n g t h i s t h e s i s i n p a r t i a l f u l f i l m e n t o f t h e r e q u i r e m e n t s f o r a n a d v a n c e d d e g r e e at t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h C o l u m b i a , I a g r e e t h a t t h e L i b r a r y sha l l m a k e i t f r e e l y a v a i l a b l e f o r r e f e r e n c e a n d s t u d y . I f u r t h e r a g r e e t h a t p e r m i s s i o n f o r e x t e n s i v e c o p y i n g o f t h i s t h e s i s f o r s c h o l a r l y p u r p o s e s m a y b e g r a n t e d b y t h e h e a d o f m y d e p a r t m e n t o r b y h i s o r h e r r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s . It is u n d e r s t o o d t h a t c o p y i n g o r p u b l i c a t i o n o f t h i s t h e s i s f o r f i n a n c i a l g a i n sha l l n o t b e a l l o w e d w i t h o u t m y w r i t t e n p e r m i s s i o n . D e p a r t m e n t o £ T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h C o l u m b i a V a n c o u v e r , C a n a d a D E - 6 ( 2 / 8 8 ) A B S T R A C T This Thesis Project began as an exploration of the architectural, philosophical and psychological nature of dwelling. From this exploration I have made an argument about the nature of dwelling based on several premises. First, that dwelling is determined by the boundaries between public and private space. Second, these boundaries of dwelling may only be adjusted or determined by a politi-cal operation- the mediation between private desire and public consensus. Third, the successful mediation of these boundaries depends on two basic conditions: equality and communication, princi-pally speech. To test this thesis I looked for a dwelling typology where everyone was equal and where there was a minimum condition of private space. These conditions create the largest potential for dwelling in the terms of my argument. I chose the Travellers' Hotel, a changing typology that brings together people from around the world who share all the space of the building including the kitchen, and the two most private spaces of a dwelling; the bedroom and the bathroom. I chose a site in downtown Vancouver, the corner of Davie and Granville Streets, that is the intersection of major transportation and pedestrian axes of the city and major demographic, economic, and physical changes in the fabric of the city. ii T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S Abstract Table of Contents List of Figures Acknowledgement Site Plan Basement Plan M a i n Floor Plan M a i n Floor Mezzanine Plan Second Floor Plan Second Floor Mezzanine Plan Third Floor Plan Fourth Floor Plan Fifth Floor Plan Sixth Floor Plan Roof Plan Room Plan and Room Elevations A and B Building Section A and Section C Building Section B Davie Street Elevation Granville Street Elevation Lane Elevation Courtyard Elevation Partial Wal l section at entry and Partial Davie Stree Elevation Site Model Building Model from Granville and Davie Street Building Model from Davie Street and Lane iii LIST OF FIGURES Figure 1 Site Plan 1 Figure 2 Plan: Basement 2 Figure 3 Plan: Main Floor 3 Figure 4 Plan: Main Floor Mezzanine 4 Figure 5 Plan: Second Floor 5 Figure 6 Plan: Second Floor Mezzanine 6 Figure 7 Plan: Third Floor 7 Figure 8 Plan: Fourth Floor 8 Figure 9 Plan: Fifth Floor 9 Figure 10 Plan: Sixth Floor 10 Figure 11 Plan: Roof 11 Figure 12 Room Plan Figure 13 Room Elevation A Figure 14 Room Elevation B 12 Figure 15 Building Section A Figure 16 Building Section C 13 Figure 17 Building Section B 14 Figure 18 Davie Street Elevation 15 Figure 19 Granville Street Elevation 16 Figure 20 Lane Elevation 17 Figure 21 Courtyard Elevation 18 Figure 22 Partial Wall Section at Entry Figure 23 Partial Davie Street Elevation 19 Figure 24 Site Model 20 Figure 25 Building Model from Granville and Davie Streets 21 Figure 26 Building Model from Davie Street and Lane 22 i v ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I would like to thank the members of my thesis committee: George Yu (Chair), Sherry McKay, and Martin Lewis. OJ c 3 4 3 s 6 7 11 I F i g u r e 12 R o o m E l e v a t i o n A Figure 14 R o o m E l e v a t i o n 3 12 J 14 15 17 F i g u r e 21 C o u r t y a r d E l e v a t i o n 18 20 21 22 

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