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|Gap| place. pause: the insertion of paraspace Plowright, Philip David 1998

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|gapI  place.pause  the insertion of paraspace  by PHILIP DAVID PLOWRIGHT B.A., The University of Guelph, 1994 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 We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA January 1998 © Philip David Plowright, 1998  In  presenting this  degree at the  thesis  in  University of  partial  fulfilment  of  of  department  this thesis for or  by  his  or  requirements  British Columbia, I agree that the  freely available for reference and study. I further copying  the  representatives.  an advanced  Library shall make  it  agree that permission for extensive  scholarly purposes may be her  for  It  is  granted  by the  understood  that  head of copying  my or  publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission.  The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada  Date  DE-6 (2788)  ABSTRACT We are at a point were technology has once again shifted focus as it has several times in the past. Gone now is the ages of the steam engines, railroads, the internal combustion engine and nuclear power. We are now in an age of technology based on microelectronics, biotechnology, and digital information systems. Each time a change in technology has come about, it has affected daily life and the way we understand space.  The question is, what are those changes and how can architecture use them to densify, illuminate, pacify and enlighten in the urban fabric. Firstly, there has been an increase in banal space in the city, created by the repetition of forms and the sound bite philosophy of marketing and the franchise. This is space without features, edges, landmarks, substance or quality, or to say it another way it is location without locale. Life is also speeding up, and shows no sign of slowing down. With the increase in speed there is an increased awareness of those small units of time of waiting. The time isn't long enough to do anything, but too long not to, and this leads to lag stress. Multiple and parallel levels of existence are becoming legible, with the Cartesian grid no longer being the only defining frame of reference. In the datasphere the city is becoming, information no longer travels on longitude and latitude but instantaneously between two points. Finally, the frame between the virtual and the real is being removed.  In response to this, I propose the following. A frameless spatial system A system which takes the ordinary and realigns it to create new and interesting juxtapositions of form and space. A system based on a program of waiting, to be used to decrease lag stress. A system which will help to create a focus and a sense of place in key areas in the city. A system based on process or relative based design - using connections, proximity, flow and view as generating devices. A system which makes use of an increased literacy in the population of overlapping layers and woven forms. A system which, therefore, sits parallel to, and co-exists with, the existing urban fabric, or a Paraspace.  TABLE OF CONTENTS  Title Page  1  Abstract  11  Table of contents  111  Acknowledgement  l v  Site context  1  Overview/01 Overview/02  ^  The Billboard  4  The Canopy  ^  The Crosswalk  6  The Frame System  7  The Lightrail Station  8  Threshold  9  The Platform  1 0  iii  ACKNOWLEDGEMENT  I would like to thank my committee Bill Pechet, Bruce Haden and Elaine Didyk for their willingness to pursue an alternate line of inquiry with enthusiasm. Special thanks goes to Martin Nielsen, Nick Sully, Jeff Vasay and Joyce Too for their intelligence and perceptiveness as well as Margaret Priest for starting me on this road, and shaping my thoughts.  Finally I would like to thank Sandeep Kaur Hunjan for tolerance, understanding and simply for being the most incredible person who has ever touched my life.  iv  you are here  Paraspace: A parallel insertion of space co-existing with the original urban fabric, using only the marginal space of its host area. It is: A c a t a l y s t t o a l t e r n a t i v e l y h e i g h t e n o r d e c r e a s e t h e i n t e n s i t y o f u r b a n life. A s t r a n g e attractor of d e n s i t y a n d m o m e n t s of p a u s e . A s p a c e of appropriation w h e r e the codified e l e m e n t s of banality are d i s l o c a t e d a n d r e a s s e m b l e d w i t h attention t o t h e p r e g n a n t s p a c e b e t w e e n . A buffer for l a g s t r e s s . A w e a v e o f s y s t e m s w h i c h a r e c o g n i t i v e l y s e t a p a r t f r o m , y e t e n t w i n e d in t h e o r i g i n a l f a b r i c . P h y s i c a l l y t o u c h i n g lightly, yet v i s u a l l y f o r c e f u l . A g r o u n d i n g for d i s p l a c e m e n t a n d a l i e n a t i o n  SITE CONTEXT  . . Servian > margn ial events things njftjpuragbt , abon^jnthe baseline of daily * Hfe. Tune slipped a way HP tbese Wan tig for the bus drn ikn ig cofee a lundry washroom Howtoexpress in form the crisis of urban life when it is about speed and etheral connecto in. Ino frm aton fo lwn ig that defines ex istance and changes the face of the city. Intangb ie l ee lments of form. Not aricnhfitielctu arl nro progrsa m m a c t i o oc ie taelr.inA firln e i t h arch tieh cttu oef, lig ,re trim r e f l e c t i o n , f e s h airn ,o w n i,d,traw ise fich ,sti,e tranm s u l c e n t p a n e ioo arg s, sig gh ns, lt,u ee d movemc en co nnelic to int,s. empy t space, compresed space, breathn ig space, watchn ig space, wating space, data space, paraspace  4  20Victoria/Granville I. 99B-Linc:  The Billboard The Canopy The CrOSSWalk  B FS ' *  E  mm FS  FS FS 10  15 FS  tS FS FS 15 15 FS 10  FS FS FS * * FS * Bicycle rack-equipped service Frequent Service (10 minutes or less) ^hoekhair accessible route (Check timetable for in-service trips) No service during this time period  The Frame System The Lightrall Statli Peddler's Circle  Frequency of Service As of March 30, 1997  Wm  Platform  The Threshold  Approximate Time Period Frequency First Train to 6:30 AM Even'5 minutes 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM Every 2-3 minutes 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Every 5 minutes 3:30 I'M to 6:30 PM Every 2-3 minutes 6:30 PM to last train Every 5 minutes Saturday AU day Eveiy 4 5 minutes Sunday Ail day Everv 4r5 minutes  Schedule of First/Last Trains  STATION  Monday to Friday First Last Train Train 5:3Sam 1:08am  Saturday Sun/Hoi First Last First Last Tram Train Train Train 6:38am 1:08am 7:38am 12:08am  C o f f e e first, M a n e  decided  T h i s is a n e c e s s i t y . Then, a  newspaper.  S h e r u n s tier h a n d s a l o n g the  brick  w a l l , tracing t h e t e x t u r e o f t h e c a s t iron fittings. M o r n i n g s aj^  always so  M a r i e g a z e s at t h e s k y  rough  juxtaposed  against burnished  copper  


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