Monday, December 18, 2017 — 3:30 PM EST

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Of the thesis entitled: Flowing with the River

Abstract:

Carried by the flow of water, this thesis is a journey into rediscovering the power of the River to animate and give reason to urban life. Its purpose is to create an alternate reality that brings people back to the primal uses of the River; a nomadic space capable of affecting both one’s world, and their perceptions of it. By doing so, it is possible to escape from the chaos of urbanity, and move along the riverbanks to connect different realities. Water becomes a companion that leads us along this path.

This research examines the Seine River system in particular. It runs from the core of France to the ocean, shaping a valley that links a socio-cultural and economic corridor with the rest of the world. More locally, my focus is on where the Seine flows past the metropolis of Paris, one of the world’s most influential cities and popular tourist destinations.

I develop a floating public space which serves as a metaphorical cathedral of the Seine extending from the bowels of the city through the sewers and onto the bed of the river: a flowing space to gather and worship the force of the water. Taking shape as vapor or liquid, water can be calm or rough; friend or enemy. From wastewater to fresh water, from dirty to clean water is the protagonist of this journey.

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor:

Robert Jan van Pelt, University of Waterloo

Committee Members:

Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo

Dereck Revington, University of Waterloo

External Reader:

Robert Wiljer

 


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

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Monday, December 18, 2017                 
3:30 PM               
ARC 2003


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

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
Room 2003
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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