Where The Wild Things Are: Cultivating an Architecture of Coexistence

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dc.contributor.advisor Davis, M en
dc.contributor.author Ford, Christopher en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-24T23:27:38Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36883 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract As a nation built upon the sustenance of its natural ecologies, it has now found itself in an era of trepidation. New Zealand’s national branding has been accused of ‘green washing’ on the international stage threatening the tourist industry vital to the economy. However the sincerity of the nations perpetuated myth lies with an ecology in crisis. Diagnosed as the Anthropocene hypothesis, an emerging geological epoch that reveals mankind as a geological force with the insistence to rupture, rearticulate and erase entire ecosystems of species. Rather, this thesis argues to employ the hypothesis as a provocative proposal to reimagine architectural practice and it’s relationship to nature. This raises the question: can architecture be an activist in biological conservation to define a form of co-existence between the ‘natural’ and ‘man-made’? Acclaimed theorist Elizabeth Grosz reconsiders architectural practice in relation to temporal qualities in regards to the geologic and biologic. Given this disposition, precedents were sought to define a mode of co-existence, established through the conditions of longevity, transformation and change, to address the contextual, historical and political milieu in relation to the conservation estate. Informed by these precedents this thesis attempts to intervene in the ‘iconic’ to serve as a vast repository for the country’s most valuable asset: Biodiversity. UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tongariro National Park, an iconic site particularly vulnerable to commercial interests, serves as a ‘specimen’ to promote an alternative conservation facility. The scheme welcomes an influx of natural phenomena as a resource rather than excluding it as an inconvenience to augment the relationship between architecture and landscape. Thus the dogma of intervening in pristine environments is re-negotiated to propose a positive occupation of their spatial territory, where the insertion of architecture holds the anxiety of a destructive force latent within the national psyche. The architecture does not conform to an urban timeframe, rather its form and occupation are reciprocal to the cycles of nature, linking the disparate entites of people, place and ecology through an architectural apparatus to form a symbiotic designed ecology. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99265074601802091 en
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dc.title Where The Wild Things Are: Cultivating an Architecture of Coexistence 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 722203 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-01-25 en


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