UBC Graduate Research

A Very Deep Salad Bowl MacGillivray, Shannon Lee


The underground parking garage is architectural garbage of our culture. How many tons of earth have been removed to create parking spaces? How will radical shifts in transportation technologies affect this existing built condition? In a future of autonomous mobility, ridesharing and rapid transit, there will be an unprecedented amount of underused underground parking space in major metropolitan areas like Vancouver. This project adopts four levels of underground parking in a ubiquitous podium tower in downtown Vancouver as a testing ground for a new spatial typology. Through a series of architectural interventions, occupants are confronted with our cultural garbage and challenged to shift their perception of the underground as non-space in the city.

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