METABOLISM RE-BIRTH: Recontextualised Metabolist Housing in Wynyard Quarter

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dc.contributor.advisor Davis, M en Wang, Michelle en 2020-06-30T02:33:28Z en 2019 en
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dc.description.abstract This thesis proposes a recontextualised, Metabolist architectural approach to the design of urban Auckland. Under a postulated economic scenario that differs from that which we currently recognise, the thesis presents four Metabolist-inspired building types, each on separate sites in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. Each proposal is specific to the site. Collectively they anticipate an upheaval in our current stable socio-economic condition as a result of, for example, a housing market collapse or the effects of climate change. This thesis presents a housing scheme across Wynyard Quarter in response to such impending 21st-century issues. The Metabolist movement emerged in Tokyo during the middle of the 20th Century. It sought to tackle crises presented by the post-World War II modernisation of the city. The Metabolist group proposed projects responding to rapid urbanisation, traffic congestion, and housing shortages that prevailed during the 1960’s. Auckland has seen a growing housing shortage over the past decade. Other challenges include population growth, liveability, and effects of climate change. These are all issues upon which successive governments have been slow to act. Pursuing a Metabolist approach to design is an attempt to respond to these challenges through a relevant architectural, ideological precedent which may warrant a critical re-evaluation. Wynyard Quarter is a location that is changing in response to current market conditions. This reclaimed land, once fully port-owned and industrial, is now shifting towards low-rise medium density residential and mixed-use occupancy. The currently proposed vision for Wynyard Quarter aims to reinvigorate the waterfront through the development of streetscapes, commercial, and residential planning. This shift has resulted in an almost exclusive or bourgeois living situation. By approaching the domesticity of Wynyard Quarter through a Metabolist lens, this scheme imagines what alternative potentials of the site could be drawn out through a more socially focused architectural housing and infrastructure programme. This speculative urban scheme of four housing typologies is situated on four locations scattered across the Wynyard Quarter. The journey begins by building over and along Fanshawe Street, adjacent to Victoria Park, then on what is currently the New Zealand Bus park on Gaunt Street a street away. This is followed by the Jellicoe Street car park and the body of water adjacent to the Sealink Wynyard Wharf Ferry Terminal. These housing interventions consider the growth and adaptability which are rooted in Metabolist ideologies, but also seek the sustainability and interchangeability which the original practice of Metabolist architecture could not achieve in built form during its prime. en
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dc.title METABOLISM RE-BIRTH: Recontextualised Metabolist Housing in Wynyard Quarter en
dc.type Thesis en Architecture en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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