The term “underground” is used to describe a group or movement which explores alternative lifestyles or forms of artistic expression. At a moment when Ottawa’s music scene is thriving, several underground venues have closed down.
This thesis questions how an architect can covertly assist the underground performance scene without compromising its do-it-yourself (DIY) ideology.
As long as architecture exists within the boundaries of clients, budgets, and codes, it can only host the underground illicitly. However, Other Architecture for Uplifting Gormandizers proposes a Tricky Architecture - a venue for the underground which remains hidden in plain sight.
This thesis includes the reconstruction of a partially collapsed building in the heart of Ottawa, whose history of ongoing construction and ten-year neglect becomes a form of punk camouflage. A (seemingly) straightforward renovation is undertaken to reopen the building to serve the 9-5, while secretly leaving space for the infiltration of the other 9-5.