Urban Mutations: Radical Perspectives on Environmental Design

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dc.contributor.advisor Melis, A en
dc.contributor.advisor Hunt, A en
dc.contributor.author Stumbles, Liam en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-24T02:12:59Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34449 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Over thousands of years, human beings have built habitats in response to their increasingly complex needs. The ultimate form of these habitats is the modern city: a feat in which the benefits are self-evident. However, the city has grown into a paradoxical phenomenon. Providing for the present compromises the ability to provide for the future. The unidirectional metabolism of the city is consuming the world’s resources and disrupting the climate system at a rate that is not sustainable. Cities need to undergo profound physical and systemic changes if they are to provide for the future needs of human beings. This thesis critically examines the implication of the environmental crisis on conventional methods of urban development and architectural thinking. In contention with conservative ‘green’ building schemes, this thesis undertakes a radical and systemic renegotiation of environmental, population, and life-quality issues in architecture and urban design. While the conservative stream of architecture implies an endogenous and therefore linear model of development, this thesis implies a heteronomous (open) model in which architecture reforms in response to major societal and technological changes. Associative thinking is employed as a research tool that allows diverse experiences and knowledge to converge. This perspective is applied to the environmental crisis for the purpose of rethinking the increasingly complex relationship between environmental impact and urban development. The design component of this thesis speculates on the future potential of emerging technologies such as drones and 3D printing for detaching environmental destruction from urban renewal. Resulting concepts include cyclical and adaptive urban systems that aim to grow, mutate, and reform built fabric into climate-sensitive and adaptive architecture, while simultaneously reducing the impact of the renewal process and improving the urban, spatial, and aesthetic quality. Design experimentation ranges from 1:1 structural realisations to simulations of behavioural production systems. The project culminates in a future urban vision depicted through a experimental representation technique that aims to shift the viewer through time and perspective. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99265070602902091 en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/nz/ en
dc.title Urban Mutations: Radical Perspectives on Environmental Design en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 639149 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-07-24 en


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