UBC Graduate Research

The Craigslist Cabin : An Architectural Palimpsest Saucier, Erin


During my childhood, my family and I went to neighbourhood houses slated for demolition to salvage hardwood flooring, baseboards, and lumber, and haul them back to our house. Today my parents use Craigslist to acquire their used building materials. Call them hoarders, or call them environmentalists either way, they inspired this project. Over the years our family has collected hundreds of used building materials, diverting them from landfills or incineration. In terms of architectural sustainability, building reuse, material reuse, and waste reduction my belief, which is exhibited in this thesis, is that a building should simply be a temporary resting place for materials, before they move onto their next use.

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