Globalization and capitalism are resulting in the emergence of more and more urbanized landscapes. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, ports become ideal places for investment and development. Because of its strategic coastal location, Prince Rupert has one of the fastest growing port terminals in North America and is the epicentre for the exploitation of natural resources in Northern BC. As Prince Rupert evolves, peak oil is reached, and non-renewable resources decline, we can imagine a transition toward a renewable resource economy, the growth of renewable resource industries, and an influx of diverse groups of people.

This project seeks to envision how the city can develop through a responsive urbanism shaped by the industries that stimulate the local and global economy.
Urban society is “a dynamic field of interrelated forces,” and as such, this proposal positions the architect as a mediator. It proposes approaches not as fixed solutions, but as possibilities for how a place can evolve in response to shifting geopolitical and socioeconomic values. This project suggests ways in which an urbanism can develop and adapt to support these shifts, highlighting the need for the designer to consider cycles and transformations.

Post-war carbon economies can transition toward renewable resource economies as a catalyst for diversification and the growth of Prince Rupert as a collective city. Fumihiko Maki’s 1964 Investigations in Collective Form is adapted to act as the guiding framework for this project through implementation of compositional form, group form, and mega form.

Our relationship with natural resources, industry, the economy, and the environment are complex and constantly in a state of contradiction. This relationship is explored through an understanding of the city as a collective form. Positioning industry as a generator, a systems-based approach to collective form imagines an urbanism through the lens of a form, a strategy, and a program. This project forecasts the future generative potential of industries stimulating the Canadian resource economy, while allowing these industries to productively shape the built environment and the exchanges that occur within it.

John Bass [CHAIR]
Alastair Bird
Roy Cloutier
Tracey Mactavish