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

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|gapI p l a c e . p a u s e 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 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. 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 wil l 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 1 1 1 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 ca ta lys t to alternatively he igh ten or d e c r e a s e t h e intensi ty of u rban life. A s t r a n g e attractor of dens 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 appropr ia t ion w h e r e the cod i f i ed e l e m e n t s of banal i ty a re d i s l o c a t e d a n d r e a s s e m b l e d wi th attention to the p regnan t s p a c e be tween . A buffer for l ag s t r e s s . A w e a v e of s y s t e m s w h i c h a re cogni t ively se t apart f rom, yet en twined in the or iginal fabr ic . P h y s i c a l l y t o u c h i n g lightly, yet v i sua l ly forceful . 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 al ienat ion . . Servian > marginal events things njftjpuragbt , abon^jnthe baseline of daily * Hfe. Tune slipped a way HP tbese Waitng for the bus drinking cofee laundry washrom How to expres  in form the crisis of urban life when it is about sped and etheral connection. Inform aton flowing that defines ex istance and changes the face of the city. Intangible elments of form. Not architectural infil nor programmatic or societal infil either. An architecture of light, time, reflection, fresh air, wind, white noise, trafic, translucent panes, images, signs, coloured light, movement, connections. empty space, compresed space, breathing space, watching space, waitng space, data space, paraspace SITE CONTEXT 4 The Billboard The Canopy 20Victoria/Granville I. 99B-Linc: mm FS FS FS 10 15 FS tS FS FS 15 15 FS 10 FS FS FS * * FS * B Bicycle rack-equipped service FS Frequent Service (10 minutes or less) The CrOSSWalk E' ^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 Wm As of March 30, 1997 Platform The Threshold Approximate Time Period Frequency First Train to 6:30 AM 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM 3:30 I'M to 6:30 PM 6:30 PM to last train Saturday AU day Sunday Ail day Even'5 minutes Every 2-3 minutes Every 5 minutes Every 2-3 minutes Every 5 minutes Eveiy 4 5 minutes 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 f i rst , M a n e d e c i d e d T h i s is a n e c e s s i t y . T h e n , a n e w s p a p e r . S h e r u n s t i e r h a n d s a l o n g the b r i c k w a l l , tracing t h e t e x t u r e o f t h e c a s t i ron f i t t ings. M o r n i n g s aj^ a l w a y s s o r o u g h M a r i e g a z e s at t h e s k y j u x t a p o s e d a g a i n s t b u r n i s h e d c o p p e r 


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