UBC Graduate Research

{WIP} Meiklejohn, David Ian; Pavan, Alena Alexandra


In an age of almost unbelievable anxiety and uncertainty, people lean more and more on rationality, science, and reason. While these things are certainly valuable, they are not everything. Where’s the humanity, the emotion, the unpredictability, the feeling, the intuition in it all? What does an architecture that embraces the UnReason, the NonScience, the DumbLogic look like? More importantly, what does it feel like? How do we make it? What’s it made of? Who builds it? How do we live in it? To test this out, we find ourselves at the Palm Motel. The Palm is an embodiment of the ordinary and everyday forces which push design forward in a more straightforward way than any architect’s master plan ever could. Life at the Palm is anything but a permanent spectacle. It’s dirty, it’s damp-cracked-and-peeling, it’s partially flooded and clogged with hair and cigarette butts. It counters dogmatic seriousness, absolute certainty, and ultimate efficiency, and instead offers a carnivalesque approach to architecture - one which rejects the pursuit of irrefutable formal solutions, motivated by an acceptance that architecture is hardly immune to the forces of time.

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