The Act of [Re]constructing and Sustaining Better Lives

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dc.contributor.advisor McKay, W en Cox, Rebecca en 2011-11-14T02:52:15Z en 2011 en
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dc.description.abstract This thesis addresses the possibility of developing an alternative recovery process for individuals with depression, through the exploration of the act of building both as a rehabilitative activity and a metaphor for rebuilding, maintaining and sustaining an individual's life. The text and design will address two current issues in New Zealand; firstly insufficient, passive recovery models for individuals with depression, and secondly the conceptions of weathering in the built environment. This thesis proposes to develop an alternative depression recovery process model on Waiheke Island for the Community of Refuge Trust (CORT) which will explore a living environment integrating materiality, climatic change and weathering into a recovery process for individuals with mental illness. In this thesis it is intended to view the life cycle of a building, from construction, through maintenance and weathering, to the buildings' eventual demise, as part of a rehabilitative process as well as a metaphor for reintegrating people back into the wider community. The text will discuss existing methodologies and theories surrounding mental health and weathering of the built environment. An alternative solution will then be discussed and applied through design to the site on Waiheke Island, exploring the act of rebuilding and maintaining a built environment as a metaphorical parallel for rebuilding and sustaining an individual's life. This will be developed through exploration and consideration of design in relation to a recovery process, as well as detailing of structural and spatial design to promote flexibility and adaptability. A set of principles that inform component design and placement will be derived from this exercise . The integration of weathering and climatic qualities is key to developing a design that establishes a strong connection with the landscape. It is hoped, as a result of this design thesis that an alternative depression recovery process will be developed along with a tool kit of design principles for CORT Housing to utilise and adapt for future sites throughout Auckland. en
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dc.title The Act of [Re]constructing and Sustaining Better Lives en
dc.type Thesis en Architecture en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-11-14 en

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