UBC Graduate Research

The 13 Storeys of The Dominion Building Muñoz, Manuel


The ghost story narrative haunts us with the subconscious insecurity that an unfamiliar “other” possesses the uncanny ability to reside –undetected– within the familiar space. But who is “other” and who decides? The following thesis is divided into two sections. The former explores theories on abjection, imagination and the developing definition of uncanniness as embodied in film and architecture precedents. The latter is a meditation on the imagined designs of the ghost stories which surround Vancouver’s Dominion Building (207 West Hastings Street). The goal of this body of work is to exorcise the ghost story, transforming uncanniness from a tool of retrospective critique to a method of prospective design. What I’m presenting is an architectural appeal to a compassion for ghosts.

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