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The occupation of a city Edwards, J. Scott 1998

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THE OCCUPATION OF A CITY by J. SCOTT EDWARDS B.E.S., The University Of Manitoba, 1992 A THESIS SUBMITTED TN 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 February 1998 © J. Scott Edwards 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 Af2-<^-H T e r c ^ r u g ^ The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date 1T[ T=gfo, 1^1 ft DE-6 (2/88) A B S T R A C T Vancouver is currently implementing a strategic plan of controlled population and job growth. In the downtown area this increase in population is to be accommodated in new housing developments at False Creek North, Granville Slopes, Triangle West and Coal Harbour. These zones have been planned and designed to provide amenities for the comfort of the residents who will live in them, and in some cases have included features that will make them usable at a city or regional level. The developments are a reflection of both current social values and economic realities. The effects of the projected increase in population that the downtown area anticipates will not, however, be restricted to these newly developing districts. As the number of people using a finite amount of space increases, the character of Vancouver's downtown will change: an increase in the demand for downtown office space, intensified use of regional scaled amenities such as Stanley Park, and an expanded use of downtown infrastructure and amenities will effect residents on many levels. Furthermore, as economic pressures change the shape of housing in the downtown area, new residents will put new demands on the fabric of the city. Vancouver will be required to adapt to these changing demands if it is to remain a livable city. The Graduation Project addresses these conditions from two positions. The programme for the project was developed through familiarization with issues relevant to the discussion of urbanity and density (both general and specific to Vancouver). Also, informed by observations about urban spaces, the project questions the definition of site in an exploration of the potential of underutilized spaces found within the fabric of the city. The building, an alternative office environment built on a corporate plaza, both effects and is effected by the environment in which it is situated. The proposal investigates how a building can benefit from the unique characteristics of the site while making a positive contribution to the space of the city. This approach to the problem of accommodating change in a densifying city is one of incremental addi-tion to the layers of city fabric that already exist, reflective of current values just as prior layers reflect the values of their times. T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S Abstract ii Table of Contents iii Acknowledgements iv Introduction Page 1 Context Information 2 Photo Montages 5 Plans 8 Sections 11 Elevations 15 Bibliography 18 Acknowledgements I would like to thank my committee, without whose help this project would not be possible: Patricia Patkau (chair) Dr. Sherry McKay, Professor, U.B.C. (Directed Study) Joyce Drohan, Associate, Hotson Bakker Architects iv Graduation Project The Occupation Of A City [formerly "the accommidation of cnange in a densifying city'] J. 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J =t—y 11— > l i A JJ I t 1 1 1 ] i l i i ] 1 I 1 I | _aUILDIN( CROSS SECTION 3 i i SECTIONS icale. 1:200 j | i ii" T T BUILDING SECTIONS L O N G S E C T I O N —BUILDING ELEVATIONS W E S T E L E V A T I O N ]nnn ]nnn ]nnn ]nnn mnn innn ]nnn nnnn innn ]nnn innn ]nnn innn :nnn :nnn innn ]nnn ]nnn ]nnn ]nnn innn innn jnnn innn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnn nnnc nnnn nnnn nnnn nnnn nnnn nnnn nnnt l_BJUILDING ELEVATIONS G E O R G I A E L E V A T I O N 16 E A S T E L E V A T I O N BUILDING ELEVATIONS Bibliography: Asymptote (Rashid, Hani and Lise Anne Couture). Architecture at the Interval. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1995. Bartholomew, Harland and Associates. A Plan For The City Of Vancouver British Columbia. 1928. Boyer, M. Christine. The City of Collective Memory. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1994. Birch, David et al. America's Future Office Space Needs: Preparing for the Year 2000. Arlington: National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, 1990. Charre, Alain, Marie-Paule Macdonald, and Marc Perelman. Dan Graham. Paris: Editions Dis Voir, 1990. Dal Co, Francesco. Tadao Ando: Complete Works. London: Phaidon Press Ltd., 1995. Gray, Douglas and Diana Lynn Gray. Home Inc.: the Canadian Home Based Business Guide. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1989. Koolhaas, Rem. Delirious New York. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1994. Lang, Peter. Mortal City. New York: Princeton Architectural Press Inc., 1995. Levene, Richard and Fernando Marquez Cecilia. El Croquis. 77 (D: Waro Kishi. Madrid: Fioucci International, 1996. Levene, Richard and Fernando Marquez Cecilia. El Croquis. 77 (ID: Kazuyo Sejima. Madrid: Fioucci International, 1996. Middleton, Robin. The Idea of the City. Cambridge: Architectural Association, London & MIT Press, 1996. Sennett, Richard. The Conscience of the Eye. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 1990. Vancouver, City of (the CityPlan Process). CityPlan - Directions for Vancouver. 1995. Willis, Carol and Rosalie Genevro. Vacant Lots. New York: Princeton Architectural Press Inc., 1989. Wilson, Elizabeth. The Sphinx In The City. London: Virago Press Ltd, 1991. Wynn, Graeme and Timmothy Oke. Vancouver and Its Region. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1992. Weinstein, Richard. Morphosis: Buildings and Projects. 1989-1992. New York: Rizolli International Publications, 1994. Sutherland, Jim. Vancouver City Guide. 1997. Vancouver: Telemedia Publishing, 1997. Yanarella, Ernest and Richard Levine. "The Sustainable Cities Manifesto: Pretext, Text and Post-Text". Built Environment. Vol 18 No. 4 (1992), 301-313 

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