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Alterations : renovations and additions to the Parson’s School of Fashion Design Barrett, Leslie Larissa 1997

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ALTERATIONS: RENOVATIONS A N D ADDITIONS .  TO THE PARSON'S SCHOOL OF F A S H I O N D E S I G N by LESLIE L A R I S S A B A R R E T T  B. A . , University of Western Ontario, 1992 A THESIS S U B M I T T E D I N P A R T I A L F U L F I L L M E N T O F THE REQUIREMENTS FOR T H E DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in T H E F A C U L T Y O F G R A D U A T E STUDIES School of Architecture We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard  T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F BRITISH C O L U M B I A M a y 1997 © Leslie Larissa Barrett, 1997  In  presenting  degree freely  at  this  the  University  available  copying  of  publication  for  this  department  or of  thesis  this  partial  of  British  reference  thesis by  in  for  his thesis  and  fulfilment Columbia,  study.  scholarly  or for  her  of  financial  mc\{lT^X{J? ^ J  The University of British Vancouver, Canada  Date  DE-6 (2/88)  H A | .  rz-.,  Ml  Columbia  I further  purposes  gain  the  requirements  I agree  be  It  is  shall  that  agree  may  representatives.  permission.  Department  of  not  that  the  Library  permission  granted  by  understood be  for  allowed  an  advanced  shall for  the that  without  make  it  extensive  head  of  my  copying  or  my  written  ABSTRACT  The concepts guiding this project originate from an interest in the connectivity between perception, architecture, and the forms and functions of the city. The project aims to foster a visual morphology particular to its midtown Manhattan site in order to . establish an architecture that shares an experiential, and spatial logic with the city. It is the intention of this project to exploit the built-, in interdependence and capacity for simultaneity of Manhattan by developing a building that conflates the oppositions and boundaries that also characterize the city. Oppositions that are brought together in this project include public and private, interior and exterior, foreground and background, banal and extraordinary, the scale of the body and of the city, seeing and being seen, old and new.  A reweaving of existing  conditions in terms of passage, experience, vision, materiality, and program is the key strategy in the project. Addressing the city and its architecture as a completed body to be reinterpreted, I have selected a renovation project that adopts a mid strata rooftop as the site for a program that serves both public and private institutions. The Parson's School of Fashion Design located in the midtown Fashion District is presently housed in a near windowless six story building originally designed as a synagogue and men's club by William Lescaze in 1959. A community facility to be established by the Fashion Center business organization in conjunction with the school consists of a library, gallery, archive, and show space, is to be sited on the roof of the Parson's building.  A symbiotic relationship between the programs is echoed in the  relationship between the architecture of the original building and the addition. By bringing together differences and calibrating them in the architecture it is the goal of this project to enrich the urban experience by offering a moment of heightened simultaneity.  11  TABLE OF CONTENTS  Abstract  •  •  ii  Table of Contents..  iii  Acknowledgement  iv  First Floor Plan  1  Second Floor Plan  •  ••  •  •  •  Third Floor Plan  2 3  Fourth Floor Plan  ..4  Fifth Floor Plan  5  Sixth Floor Plan  6  Seventh and Eighth Plan  ;  7  N i n t h and Tenth Plan  8  Tenth and Eleventh.....  9  Section A  10  Section C  11  Section D  J  ;  Show Space Perspective  12 13  Model  :  in  14  ACKNOWLEDGEMENT  For their generosity and commitment throughout the process of this design, I would like to thank m y committee: George Wagner, George Y u , Scott Romses and Lynette Widder. I thank Scott Edwards and Jeff Gilliard for their help i n the preparation of this thesis. Finally, for his thoughtful advice, hard work and support, I thank Murray Whyte.  iv  Ii  5  Fabric and Garment Archive 2 e»3*t°ia§8cJSlorage 0  ,<- ~i A r c n i v i s t - ; ^ * M j i . ° :  s  fi.  ON  Jifffn  Fashion School I  Ctntrt  Fashion Center Lobby  L  IMb*  f  M J* r  g4ii)K!i  7R  y  t  til a  -2  ca  Iff  •O [ c' 0 i  «  CO  ^1 PL  O f  8  \shlon Centre  11  

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