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Examining civic presence : a city hall in Surrey Hepper, Laurie Delane 1997

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EXAMINING CIVIC PRESENCE: A CITY HALL IN SURREY by LAURIE DELANE HEPPER B.A., The University of Alberta, 1993 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 this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA MAY 1997 (c) Laurie Delane Hepper, 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. Department of ^ c -Koo 1 o T i i \ B C H i T t £ , T u a - ; The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date K°ll- Q5 l a -; CmAy) DE-6 (2/88) ABSTRACT ...architecture has been defined as environmental communication, a network of interaction: (a) between designers and the users, through the designer's "intended messages", (b) between [human] and the material world through the observation of messages read in similarities and differences structured in matter either in the form of "object systems of "behaviour patterns", and finally (c) between [humans] and [their] past and future through [their] association with all of the above forms and functions in immediate and distant space and time, and memories and their compilation in culture.1 Asghar Talaye Minai 1984 Culture plays an integral part in the expression of human abstract meaning. With architecture as the experiential expression of these meanings, human cultures have recorded hopes, desires, aspirations, and political and cultural ideologies in their built structures. Thus city and town halls have always promoted community image through the structure of the hall. The purpose of the city hall has remained relatively unchanged, however, form has evolved with changing behaviour patterns relating to culture and architectural 'styles'. A new city hall for Surrey is necessary to symbolize their new status as a city and the importance they place on their future plans and aspirations. With this in mind a look at North American Postmodern culture and values is used to evaluate the history and symbolism of past town halls. Research uncovered an office concept design used in Europe and Japan that is both democratic and humane. Using this as a base for the administrative legacy of Surrey municipality and the planning concepts targeting the area surrounding the chosen site the design incorporates public accessibility to create presence. The location depicts a suburban legacy progressing towards an urban future connected by a pedestrian oriented plaza with the building split into public and administrative functions flanking the plaza. 1 Asghar T. Minai, Architecture as Environmental Communication (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1984), p335. n TABLE OF CONTENTS Title Page i Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Acknowledgment iv Presentation Panel, Context: 1997 Development Plan; Site Collage; Concept: Site Selection; Green space, Zoning, Transportation 1 Presentation Panel, Concepts: Parti; Urban Edge, Looking North On City Parkway; Building Zones; Paving; Site Infill 2 Presentation Panel, Site and Roof Plan 3 Presentation Panel, Main and Mezzanine Floor Plans 4 Presentation Panel, Second, Third and Fourth Floor Plans 5 Presentation Panel, Elevation: From King George Highway; From City Parkway; From 103 Ave; From 102 Ave 6 Presentation Panel, Section: Looking North; Looking North Through Plaza; Looking South; Looking East 7 Presentation Panel, Detail: West Elevation; Detail: Section Looking North; Detail: Sunshade Deck, Rail and Bracket 8 Model Model Model East View 9 West View 10 Plaza View A, Top View B 11 i n ACKNOWLEDGMENT I would like to sincerely thank my committee members for an enjoyable learning experience. The discussions surrounding my thesis were informative, and although answers may not have been formulated, possibilities were explored. I extend profound thanks to Jim Hepper whose support and understanding during this undertaking are above and beyond what I can reciprocate. The Surrey Planning department was very helpful in providing all the research material used in formulating a design. I also wish to thank Surrey Facilities Management department for their helpfulness. IV SUHHEY IN THf FRA3ER VALLFY 1 111 _'" [i J.U .'~is«i Li 5? * • • • ' , I J L I uaswawtuua,"—— • #\ Q I :;<• ..- PnmT' t -' -L,W„.,._, mafQ5EDj»«mQWH^o?wQ w^tfmea. Examining Civic Presence: A CITY HALL FOR SURREY CONTEXT & CONCEPTS 1 jlfeR ,-..••••» - ^ i £ ± m _ _ _ _ M ffl GEOMETRY STRUCTURE FNTRY CIRCULATION I i LiJj i m \m \ \ | ssmm^m/mm, i r r i IP r-ulu^CyilufijJInlillTpjHte. ! Examining Civic Presence: A CITY HALL FOR SURREY CONCEPTS • NO GEORGE HI < r r ; , t<. 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