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A travelling performance space on the rail lines of North America Cuddington, Clinton Sean Daniel 1998

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A TRAVELING P E R F O R M A N C E SPACE ON THE RAIL L I N E S O F NORTH AMERICA  BY CLINTON SEAN DANIEL CUDDINGTON B.E.S., The University of Manitoba, 1992  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  W e a c c e p t this thesis as c o n f o r m i n g to the required standard^  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA April 1998 © Clinton Sean Daniel Cuddington, 1998  In  presenting  degree freely  this  at the  thesis  in  partial  fulfilment  of  University  of  British  Columbia,  I agree  available for  copying  of  department publication  this or of  reference  thesis by  this  for  his thesis  and study. scholarly  or for  her  Department  of  A^tfl^tt^  The University of British Vancouver, Canada  DE-6 (2/88)  Columbia  purposes  gain  requirements that  agree  may  representatives.  financial  permission.  I further  the  It  shall not  be is  that  the  permission  granted  allowed  an  advanced  Library shall  by  understood be  for  for  the that  without  make  it  extensive  head  of  my  copying  or  my  written  ABSTRACT This is a thesis study of the possibilities offered by the circuit of rail lines running throughout North America. With the track as a connective site touching diverse locations, a series of mobile interventions have been designed to create traveling performance installations. Primary to this investigation is a discussion of the role architecture can have as a signal. Acting as a visitor to places along the line presently utilized only as a function of the railroad, a series of rail cars can work to activate the dormant soul of the periodic stops of a road show. Five stops have been identified here to establish a way in which to see environments a rail line typically finds itself. The beginnings of a list of stops one may prepare for on a tour of the lines. A narrow perspective has been displayed towards the way in which an extensive but fragile network of rail lines could be reincorporated back into the social experience of the city. Track originally laid as a North American link for travel and exchange has continued over time to be seen rather as a number of regional zones than one unbroken site. The completion of the two longest lines in Canada became a primary tool towards the realization of a national dream connecting the two coasts, binding the country. Broadening the possibility of usage of the lines can work to save the essential quality of the site; an unbroken passage. Without the compliance of all territories touched by the presence of the line, sections are certain to be blocked by the construction of unrelated private developments that dismiss the need to maintain a complete circuit. Redeveloped over any portion of the line can only place associated rail space and structure in the focus of physical and typological erasure As this project informs a site's possible new usage, inherent qualities of the site may be brought forward in a way the original site function could not; a set of rail lines binding the sides of a galley loading area can be transformed into a collection area for a jazz concert, a strip of land between two spurs in the rural landscape, the temporary stand for a horse auction. Small tests establish information about the site's future growth or define minimal standards of future built form. Groundwork will be laid to inform the next move beyond this thesis exploration. Interventions such as these give the city and the network between cities a possible source upon which to establish a contemporary direction for development. To respect the history and presence of a stop may allow us to reach a place of integration with existing site conditions rather than abandonment of the components that comprise the industrial voice of the city.  TABLE OF CONTENTS  01 4 Title p a g e 02 4 Abstract 03 4 Table of contents 0 4 4 Presentation 05 4 Site m o d e l series 06 4 Vertical circulation car 07 4 A d m i s s i o n car 08 4 Bleacher car 09 4 Public w a s h r o o m car 10 4 Private sleeper car 1 11 * Private sleeper car 2 12 * Stage car 1 3 * Generation car 14 4 Flatbed transport car 15 4 Site 1 16 4 Site 1 m o d e l p h o t o g r a p h s 17 4 Site 2 18 4 Site 2 m o d e l p h o t o g r a p h s 19 4 Site 3 20 4 Site 4 21 4 Site 5 22 4 Site 5 m o d e l p h o t o g r a p h s 23 4 Entry sign car axonometric 24 4 Bleacher car details 25 4 A c k n o w l e d g e m e n t  ©Z?\B ©@ffifflSOK]Z^O@K]  5 site m o d e l series  6  7  9  10  11  12  13  16  18 site 2\entry [top]\cleave arial [ m i d d l e ] \ s e a t i n g [ b o t t o m ]  19 site 3  23 entry s i g n c a r e x p l o d e d a x o n o m e t r i c  24 bleacher car details  Thank you Jeannine Cuddington, Fred Cuddington, Monica Berdin, Eric R o b e r t s , T o d d F a l k o w s k y , Nick Sully, Mike Lafoy, S c o t t Edwards, Scot Geib, G r a h a m Coleman, Derek Breen, Peeroj Thackre, Annabel Vaughan, Katherine Isaac, Ron Walkey, Steve Sushi, Natasha Cuddington, Shoshana Sperling, Linda Sperling, Lisa Grover, Peter Gzowski + Paul B u t t e r f i e l d  

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