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Cheyenne Laviniere

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Canal Str≡≡t is a repurposed multistorey car park aimed to support wellbeing for all demographics. This project is set to express the radical side of what is possible requiring huge investment with a return which is not easily measured. The project is not a one size fits all but with its utopian nature will explore the potential of the most unpromising redundant structures. Canal Str≡≡t will offer a new framework for city experience stimulating emotional awareness of the importance of health and wellbeing prioritised over the health and growth of the city’s economy. Through the success of this project, it is hoped for policies of future structures to ensure the infrastructure can serve a second life providing local sustainability, flexibility, comfort, togetherness, intimate warmth and mental clarity.

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The twentieth century is said to be one of most innovative times in history but not all inventions are as welcomed in todays world.

With the invention of automobiles, cities began to adapt to a new means of transportation; street networks extended to motorways destroying country views, urban dwellings offered detached properties with a neighbouring garage, the definition of a front garden now included a driveway, as traffic signs and car spaces populated the streets eventually morphing into multi- storey car parks. Such a sacrifice for private transportation has arguably made cities lose their sense of liveability.

Repurposing of parking infrastructure is essential to sustainable urban development however structural challenges; such as existing concrete frames, ramps, the location of services, minimal light penetration and low ceiling heights will require innovative solutions.

The increase in cost, time and efficiency can be argued against the repurpose of urban markers however bypassing demolition and reusing materials with minimal reparation makes the repurpose of urban markers an essential component to sustainability in architecture.

For the purpose of this project, a multi-storey car park was repurposed through the questioning of how impactful a shift in the focus of health and wellbeing will affect urban and architectural design?

Through the success of this project, it is hoped for policies of future structures to ensure all infrastructure can serve a second life providing local sustainability, flexibility, comfort, togetherness, intimate warmth and mental clarity {influenced by the Sustainable Development Goals} as cities are once again restructured.

Location: Canal Street, Perth, Scotland

Constructed in the late 1980’s, the car park contains nine parking levels with a total of 439 spaces with an additional external parking area to the rear of the multistorey structure providing 22 accessible spaces. The car park is open 24hrs a day per year, with two modern lifts upon arrival on Ropemakers Close and two stairwells on adjacent ends of the car park for pedestrian circulation making it easily readable and accessible. The ground floor accommodates the car park office also storing Perth council vehicles with a shop mobility facility on the Level 1 including an office and storage area.

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