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Title: Fabric hybrid building : a renovation hypothesis for Vancouver’s downtown eastside
Author: Doyle, Neville Llewellyn
Degree Master of Architecture - MArch
Program Architecture
Copyright Date: 1998
Subject Keywords Warehouses -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- Conservation and restoration; Joint occupancy of buildings -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- Designs and plans; Mixed use development -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- Designs and plans
Abstract: This project attempts to break down categorization and systems of thought based on opposing qualities. Instead, disparate elements are considered to work together to increase their individual properties by creating a new property - a condition comprised of the individual elments yet also surpassing them. The word "hybrid" is appropriated to describe the nature of this investigation - the renovation of a turn-of-the-century warehouse building into a multi-use building. The project attempts to describe how a building that contains a range of disparate programmatic elements can go beyond each element's exclusivity to produce a condition in which the resultant is greater than the sum of the individual parts. The project looks at breaking down specific delimitors of adjacent programmatic elements and promotes cross-fertilization between them with the intended result of blurring the seams that separate one from the other. The intent is to investigate, through a series of minimal moves dictated by the conditions of the site and program, whether a condition of richer and more varied experience can be achieved and, as a result, provide a start for defining a condition of architectural hybridity. Due to the size of the building that is investigated, this project focuses on two areas of the building, the insertion of a courtyard and the insertion of a fissure, or crack. The point of these investigations is to provide a tactical solution for the specificities of this particular site while at the same time implying a larger, global strategy that not only infers the remainder of this building but includes similar building types in other locations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/8062
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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