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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 — 9:30 AM EDT

Of the thesis entitled: Continuing the Narrative of Silo No. 5        

Abstract:

Every modern city faces the challenge of how to engage the remains of its industrial past. Consciously or unconsciously, post-industrial cities have experienced a type of identity crisis after the decline of industries. Sites that once played a significant role in shaping their urban character are no longer economically productive. Some say these sites are akin to ancient ruins; however, the question of establishing an authentic connection between the contemporary city and its industrial past remains a cultural and architectural challenge. 

The Lachine Canal in Montreal is a significant relic of Canadian industry. In the 19th century, industries were drawn to its edges to access water for both production and transportation of goods. Today, these obsolete machine-like structures lie dormant. Among them is Silo No. 5, which is located at the mouth of the Lachine Canal flow as it spills into the St. Lawrence River. Monumental in scale, the once productive structure has the magnitude of a great cathedral. 

Admired by European modernist architects and historians, grain elevators like Silo No. 5 were identified as iconic structures of 20th Century architecture. This thesis seeks to re-invent and re-integrate Silo No. 5 into the contemporary city by reconciling its multiple identities.

The intent of this thesis is to understand not only the Lachine historic site, but also to celebrate the sublime atmosphere and the architectonic qualities of Silo No. 5. Two questions guide this exploration: “is it possible to re-introduce something obsolete back into the city?” and “how can we maintain the sublime power of the iconic industrial strcture while at the same time allow it to become animated?”

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor:

Committee Members:

Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo

Marie-Paule Macdonald, University of Waterloo​

Rick Haldenby, University of Waterloo  

External Reader:

Jonathan Friedman, PARTISANS

 


The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Wednesday September 7, 2016
9:30AM
ARC 2026

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
Room 2026
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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