UBC Graduate Research

There's a New Station in the Neighbourhood : Reconsidering the Architecture of the Skytrain Station Edmison, Thomas


As the skytrain system continues to grow in prominence the development of stations seems poised to continue the approach of singular functionality with basic materiality, and little consideration of integration with site. Many recently built stations offer little value to surrounding communities as they function to fulfill the paradigm of transit oriented development with several factors constraining their design. This qualitative minimization undermines public perceptions of mass transit and thus inhibits the many benefits the system brings to the city. As more is invested in expanding Skytrain lines this approach will only continue to define much of Metro Vancouver’s urbanism for decades to come. Can a new approach be developed to enhance ridership and elevate the Skytrain station to and attractive public architecture?

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