Friday, February 16, 2018 — 2:00 PM EST

Graham Girard thesis image

Of the thesis entitled: The Sockeye Special: Reimagining the Arbutus Corridor for a Resilient Vancouver

Abstract:

An underutilized ribbon of land cuts through the urban fabric of Vancouver, British Columbia. Known as the Arbutus Corridor, it is the right of way for a rail line that once connected industry on opposite sides of the city. Since the last train rattled down the line in 2001, the land has sat idly waiting for a new purpose.

It is a familiar scene in postindustrial cities across North America, where landscapes of defunct infrastructure serve as a reminder of once thriving economies powered by industries that have since shifted to the periphery or overseas. This urban condition has prompted a range of responses that aim to breathe new life into these discarded spaces.

Vancouver has long been recognized as a leader in this postindustrial redevelopment movement, and cities around the world now emulate “Vancouverism” as the model for their own development. Yet, the Arbutus Corridor remains a stranded rail link snaking through the urban milieu. At just under ten kilometers in length and eighteen hectares in area, the corridor remains one of the largest unutilized spaces in the city. Running north to south from False Creek to the Fraser River, the linear site cuts a complete transect through several diverse neighbourhoods of the city.

Through these studies, the thesis will propose a reimagined Arbutus Corridor that responds to the complexity of modern urban systems and activates the collective needs and aspirations of city dwellers in the 21st century metropolis.

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor:

Donald McKay, University of Waterloo

Committee Members:

Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo

Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo

External Reader:

Michael Hannay

 


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

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Friday, February 16, 2018                
2:00 PM               

Loft Gallery

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

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
Loft Gallery
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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