Reframing The Landscape: Picturesque North Hokianga

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dc.contributor.advisor Treep, L en Barry, Annie en 2020-06-18T19:02:24Z en 2019 en
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dc.description.abstract How can we reframe New Zealanders’ views on their relationship with nature by applying picturesque theory to a series of architectural interventions in North Hokianga? As New Zealanders, our prevailing notion of experiencing nature is ‘getting out into it’. However, this attitude is having a major adverse effect on ecosystems, in particular the spread of kauri dieback disease. This thesis utilises picturesque theory to propose an architecture that articulates a more considerate approach towards both viewing and experiencing nature. The key design theory focuses on the philosophy of art, aesthetics, and specifically on the subcategories of the beautiful, sublime and picturesque. Evolutionary psychology and how it effects what humans believe constitutes a beautiful landscape is also an important theoretical concept. Research into picturesque philosophical and architectural theory allowed me to devise a framework around the definition of the word picturesque and the role images play in contemporary society. With tourism increasing in remote North Hokianga, attracting more tourists to the area while remaining sensitive to its current culture and isolated nature is paramount as these are significant reasons why the region is widely considered to be picturesque. The education and preservation of natural resources of the region, particularly kauri and the ecosystem they foster, are of significant interest. Another important aspect is the lack of light pollution in the region and the current plan to develop it as a dark sky reserve; an ideal place for astronomical observation. The architectural proposal of this thesis is the design of a series of landscape viewpoints, educational pavilions, and an astronomical observatory. Three sites along the drive from Kohukohu to Mitimiti are where these interventions are located, and each will focus on select architectural interpretations and critiques of picturesque theory through unique programs related to the culture and landscape of North Hokianga. en
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dc.title Reframing The Landscape: Picturesque North Hokianga en
dc.type Thesis en Architecture en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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