Memetics and the Architecture of Storytelling

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dc.contributor.advisor Glamuzina, D en Vermeulen, Elke en 2011-11-10T21:04:22Z en 2011 en
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dc.description.abstract Memetics and the architecture of storytelling explores the importance of culture, historical heritage and human identity. A meme is described as being an equivalent of a gene, essentially it is a unit of culture - an idea, belief, pattern of behavior, which is embedded in one's mind and it, has the ability to be reproduced as it is transferred from mind to mind. (Dollens, 2009). This possibility of designing contemporary buildings using a memetic approach provides an avenue to relate cultural information, history, and traditions - telling the stories about the culture and the context they sit within. Thus, storytelling can be utilized in architecture to enrich the quality of the spaces designed. We are inherently governed by our metaphorical perception of the world. As children, we are taught to use our senses and our imagination to understand the world around us. We understand language and dialogue as a form of translation. (Chi, 1991) This thesis aims to use translations and storytelling as tools which convey the history of a culture (Maori) by using architectural sequences. The research adopts trans-cultural perspectives, investigates Mt Eden (Maungawhau) as a site of cultural heritage and conflict; embraces memory and cultures of storytelling and questions identity and taonga. Narrative qualities of the design are to play to the strength of the medium, Maungawhau's history. (Dagan, 2009) It aims to translate images and texts, and links visual, material, spatial, linguistic and literary forms. The rich biodiversity of Maori culture and the historical presence of Mt Eden provide a rich basis for a cultural platform directed at engaging the visitor and allowing interaction with the community. The research investigates the potential of using translative techniques of craft production to inform a narrative architecture. A seminal concern is how mankind has gone through an evolutionary process to refi ne our ingenuity in craft production of tools, pottery and weavings; thus, it explores the origins of culture and the potential that this holds in enriching our architecture. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99232140914002091 en
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dc.title Memetics and the Architecture of Storytelling en
dc.type Thesis en Architecture en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-11-11 en

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