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A residential/industrial mixed use facility in Vancouvers’ Cedar Cottage district for a sustainable re-integration… Thomson, John Walter 1997

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A RESIDENTIAL/INDUSTRIAL MIXED USE FACILITY IN VANCOUVERS' CEDAR COTTAGE DISTRICT FOR A SUSTAINABLE RE-INTEGRATION OF LIFE AND LABOUR. by JOHN W. THOMSON B.F.A. Kansas City Art I n s t i t u t e , 1986 M.F.A. Maryland I n s t i t u t e , College of Art, 1988 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture We accept t h i s thesis as conforming to the required standard The University of B r i t i s h Columbia June 1997 ©. John W. Thomson, 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. .rSpSrtmont of A / A u k A * * -The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date DE-6 (2/88) ABSTRACT This project developed around the idea that many of our current unsustainable building practices are predicated on ideas of control that are unnecessary. The l i s t of control mechanisms i s extensive, these mechanisms are used, to determine privacy and security, to avoid having to adjust to the a c t i v i t i e s of others (freedom), and to eliminate the var i a t i o n s of weather and climate. Many of these devices masquerade as provision of comfort, but have lead to an a l i e n a t i o n from both the physical and s o c i a l realms. This project develops an exterior courtyard/loading bay area where people must engage and negotiate t h e i r needs and desires i n a complex world of d i f f e r i n g objectives. This world i s outside of the prescribed and ordered world of the current zoning p r a c t i c e . I t i s a space that i s small enough for the ind i v i d u a l s ' voice too be heard, and because the space i s so es s e n t i a l to a l l users—everyone must p a r t i c i p a t e i n (and influence) the negotiation of how the space would be used. Many h i s t o r i c a l l y public a c t i v i t i e s such as laundry and bathing are returned to the public realm to aid i n resource conservation and to develop s o c i a l contacts. In turn, loading the courtyard with diverse a c t i v i t i e s , addresses the issue of a c t i v a t i n g such spaces without invoking the consumerism that the t y p i c a l r e t a i l s o l u t i o n suggests. Exterior c i r c u l a t i o n extends the space of the courtyard to every entry and avoids s t e r i l e and a l i e n corridors and s t a i r w e l l s . These c i r c u l a t i o n nodes are enriched with planters to embrace the seasonal and b i o l o g i c a l cycles, and also provide areas of s o c i a l contact. Private roof top gardens and greenhouses to provide a counter-point to the extensive public spaces. In addition, the development of t h i s space o f f e r s opportunities for food production, and a va r i e t y of solar energy strategies. i i TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract i i Acknowledgement fV Site model 1 Commercial St. East Elevation 2 Beatrice St. Elevations 3 Si t e Model: East Elevation West Elevation 4 Drawings North Court Elevation South Court Elevation 5 East or Beatrice St. Elevation 6 West or Commercial St. Elevation 7 Section 8 Roof Plan 9 Third Floor Plan 10 Second Floor Plan 11 Ground f l o o r Plan 12 Parking 13 l i t ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I would l i k e to acknowledge the unwavering support and encouragement of my committee: Ron Walkey, Ray Cole, and Eva Matsuzaki. Without t h e i r c o l l e c t i v e enthusiasm, and diverse sets of concerns t h i s project would e a s i l y have become more narrowly defined. For t h e i r input I am deeply g r a t e f u l . Thanks also to Christine L i n t o t t and Stefan Brunhoff for t h e i r heroic assistance i n the f i n a l stages of t h i s project. And f i n a l l y , for the ongoing support, personal and f i n a n c i a l , thanks to my wife Diane Thomson who aided not only the completion of t h i s project, but the entir e degree process. iv r M l O > W w r-H (0 • H 0 O O CD 


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