updated: November 2007
site chronicles the 5 year process of my architectural thesis that sought to explore
the concept of “place” in architecture, applying the learned principles to a
hypothetical project on an undeveloped portion of waterfront land. This
project attempts to encourage a city
to discover itself and the relationship between its unique sense of place and
its waterfront ...
The efforts of this thesis have
inspired a community based coalition currently establishing the preconditions
for a major multi-use attraction facility on Thunder Bay, Ontario’s
waterfront – visit the Lake Superior Place website to find out more...
the primary goal of any
architecture should be to create meaningful places for people to live their
day to day lives
understanding human existence
and the spirit of place
Proposal - making sense of place...
We live, work and play in a world made up
of many types of places. We use the word "place" to describe
our daily experiences, yet we are unaware of the concept of place and the
role it plays in the design of the spaces in which we live. Place affects how
we experience the spaces we encounter in our daily lives and these spaces in
turn give meaning to our lives and the relationship we share with the
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link and select "save-target-as" to save the PDF file to your
computer for viewing...
One - Theoretical concept explored...
The ways in which we build define an understanding of how our lives coexist
with our natural surroundings. We look to nature, not only to understand it,
but to overcome its forces. The way in which we experience our natural
surroundings can be defined by the spaces in which we live. The understanding
we develop through the relationship between our built and natural
environments should reveal the spirit of place. Three elements; man, nature
and space, need to coexist in a meaningful way in order for there to be an experience
architecture reveals a new
Two - Site Analysis...
is a spirit to be found in every place - they can exist spiritually and can
be revealed through memories of the past that can be found within the local
environment or the locality. We need to find the spirit that exists within
the environments where we build in order to create a meaningful existence
between man, nature and space....
involving the community in an
awareness of place
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Three - Building Program...
have changed in many ways with advancing technologies. The boundaries
of our locality are expanding and the ability to define our place within it
has become more difficult. There is a growing trend to redefine the image of
our cities through the renewal and redevelopment of our downtown and
waterfront lands. This thesis looks at the relationship of a mid-size
city and its waterfront in an attempt to involve the community in an
awareness of place - creating a focus on the waterfront that will enrich the
image of the city and symbolize a local spirit of place....
symbolizing the aspirations of
man and the forces of nature
- Building Design...
Laker anchored alongside the massive concrete grain elevators has been
described by our fore-fathers as a symbol of "progress, wealth,
power and urban maturity". It is an image of industrial activity
that is disappearing from waterfronts worldwide - an image that is known to
symbolize growth and prosperity for the cities they harbor. This image has
been chosen to form the conceptual framework for a civic building on the
local waterfront that will involve the community in an awareness of place and
celebrate the local heritage and history of an industrial
Tronrud, "Building the Indiustrial City", Chapter Six, Thunder Bay
- From Rivalry to Unity. 1995.
the full thesis report can be
downloaded in PDF format
My full report
can be downloaded in five parts from the following links . . . to download,
right-mouse-click over the link and select "save-target-as"
to save to your computer hard-drive in PDF format.
One - Theoretical
Two - Site Selection
Three - Building Program Development
Four - The Building Design
Five - Appendix to the Report
It will be through the development
of the site that the city and it's waterfront will be united, much in the
same way as is symbolized by the bridge in the following poem written by
This poem has provided the
inspiration for the theoretical explorations of this thesis.
"The bridge swings over
the stream with ease and power. It does not just connect banks that are
already there, the banks emerge as banks only as the bridge crosses the
stream. The bridge designedly causes them to lie across from each other. One
side is set off against the other by the bridge. Nor do the banks stretch
along the stream as indifferent border strips of the dry land. With the
banks, the bridge brings to the stream the one and the other expanse of the
landscape lying behind them. It brings stream and bank and land into each
other’s neighborhood. The bridge gathers the earth as landscape around the stream".
Norberg Schulz quotes Martin Heidegger, from his book "Genius
Thunder Bay Chapter of the RAIC Syllabus
- Student Thesis
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Cory Stechyshyn, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
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