Non-anthropocentri[CITY]: An Architecture of Bio-diverse Co-existance

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dc.contributor.advisor Waghorn, K en
dc.contributor.advisor Patterson, A en Daw, Nicole en 2016-07-14T02:49:54Z en 2015 en
dc.identifier.citation 2015 en
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dc.description.abstract Earth is entering into a new geological era: The Anthropocence. It marks the age of man and is defined by humanities extensive impact on the planet. Humans have altered three quarters of the earth’s lands and have uncontrollably exploited its resources. During this process numerous species and entire ecosystems have been obliterated. Consequently, for only the sixth time in approximately five billion years, earth is on the verge of a major mass extinction and global catastrophe.1 Undoubtedly, the notions and relations between humans and nature need to be readjusted. Today both architecture and urban design are exclusively focused on humans and their needs. Both disciplines are completely anthropocentric. Although controversial and challenging, a non-anthropocentric, ecological agenda is fundamentally important. It holds the greatest potential for humans to reconcile the man-made with the natural environment for a sustainable future. Humans must recognize that we are intrinsically linked into a larger whole; a biosphere of complicated networks and systems that we are neither exempt nor separate from. We need to take a step back from our egocentric point of view and ignorantly superior stand to recognise, consider, and respect other life forms that we share this planet with. It is essential to understand the effects and consequences that the man-made environment and non-human life forms reciprocally have on one another. This thesis argues for a paradigm shift that considers the whole urban matrix as an ecosystem in order to impel a new approach that generates a more appropriate, relevant, truthful and accurate environmental and sustainable theory of cities. Investigating the interactions, effects and dynamic feedbacks between the social, the built and the biological components of cities, as well as the ecological patterns, processes and systems at work over the entire urban fabric is undoubtedly important. This allows us to understand whether or not the design, management and policies of cities are sustainable and sympathetic to life or how it could be improved.2 The aim is to push architecture beyond a consumerist, stylistic and an image based engagement of nature that is comprised of an array of isolated, manicured green patches and superficial mimicry to a more sustainable, and less ecologically destructive approach that is concerned with the role, relationship and interface of all life forms to one another and to their physical surroundings. Architecture both as a framework and device has the capacity to allow us to start building reciprocal relationships with other creatures. This thesis will specifically investigate, discuss and challenge how, why and what it means to design for both humans and other species and to blur the boundaries between them; it will imagine new ways and systems in which humans and other species can positively and beneficially interact, collaborate and live together. Rather than to preserve or dominate nature, this project has the potential to redirect architecture into an active participation with and conservation of the life that surrounds it. en
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dc.title Non-anthropocentri[CITY]: An Architecture of Bio-diverse Co-existance en
dc.type Thesis en Architecture en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2016-07-14 en

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