Prairie Fabric: Architectural Intensification in Saskatoon
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The residential fabric has the capacity and role to interpret and employ the identity, priorities, values and aspirations of a society into physical manifestations of the built environment. To this effect, the residential environment is a reflection of ourselves, we are defined by the lifestyle it affords us. In the last century residential development has morphed and transformed our landscape, particularly apparent in North America, largely taking the form of suburban sprawl. Suburban living is currently the most significant residential legacy of North America. The lifestyles defined by suburban development has brought about profound impact on the socio economic aspects of our communities as well as the environment in which it inhabits. This thesis studies how suburban development has occurred over time and posits to architecturally intervene in Saskatoon, a midsize Canadian prairie city. Saskatoon displays many characteristics unique to midsize Canadian cities, however the city is currently experiencing a rapid increase in private and public investment due to above normal population increases and relatively recent economic prosperity. The work will seek to define an appropriate architectural response to the challenges facing Saskatoon housing today. This thesis seeks to understand the role of design in employing a reflection of how we choose to live; our values and aspirations. Current residential development and architecture provides the foundation and insight into how we might move forward in designing our neighbourhoods.