Re-vitalising the social living of the Onehunga Wharf through the recognition of thresholds

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dc.contributor.advisor Rule, M en Li, Xuanxuan en 2017-04-26T00:04:22Z en 2016 en
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dc.description.abstract Today, it is clear that the rapid growth of the number of people migrating to Auckland drives both physical and non-physical changes within the urban environment. The phenomenon of the increasing urbanisation in our city and advancement of technology are inducing social disconnection for the public. In the history of human settlement in New Zealand, the natural gift of water plays an important role in fostering our lives, where Auckland is naturally endowed with water bays and volcanic craters. Water edges are the places where communities develop. “The Maori and pioneer Pakeha people saw the water-filled hollowed structures as part of their everyday existence.”1 However, for most Aucklanders the natural gifted condition is being hidden by artificial framework for daily living, which is nowadays predominated by roads and cars. Architectural threshold looks at the relationship between one and another, the condition where two different mediums, characteristics and cultures meet each other. By investigating the relationship between land and sea, people and water and culture and water in different conditions, the project targets at the once-activated threshold space –the edge of the Onehunga Wharf, a place that was once used as a door to the outside world for the early settlements, a transit point of departure and arrival of human and economical trading. However, it is now abandoned by the industrial use, which is causing a descending trend of social activities occurring at the site for years. Threshold spaces can be seen as spatial mediators that blur the boundary between two fields; a transition from one zone to another. It not only defines the space but also places the focus on the movement of crossing from one space to another. This project looks at the current issue of Onehunga’s water edge through the investigation of the relationship of movement between water and land, people and water, and culture and water. It looks for new potential strategies at this interchange node, for a vision to reinforce the intimate connection between water, people and land to create a perceptible threshold space that opens up to the water, to bring back the once-vitalised human activities on the site of Onehunga wharf. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264922110302091 en
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dc.title Re-vitalising the social living of the Onehunga Wharf through the recognition of thresholds en
dc.type Thesis en Architecture (Professional) en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-04-26 en

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