Design for diversity : an architectural response for rehabilitation and reconnection of ecological diversity

by Abby Waldo

Institution: Unitec New Zealand
Year: 2014
Keywords: Hauturu-o-Toi, Te Maraeroa, Ngati Manuhiri (Ngati Wai), whanake taiao, hoahoanga whare, tikanga, Little Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf, nature reserves, nature centres, community centres, Maori architecture, environmental sustainability; 1299 Other Built Environment and Design; 120107 Landscape Architecture
Record ID: 1297013
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2561


Architecture demands a certain responsibility to the changing environments of today’s world and the sustainable practices that can support it. Overtime, this responsibility has only become more important as habitat loss, pollution, over-exploitation, and species introduction are increasingly affecting the diversity of landscapes and resources of today’s world. How can a research facility on an off shore island in New Zealand educate and promote change for ecological significance and biodiversity? How can architects and designers 'design for diversity' while taking into account cultural context and the unique environments that surround them? This research project aims to explore the architecture and planning of an educational facility that is deeply rooted in the cultural ties of the land, and the island solutions that support it. In the end, the project develops a design proposal that compasses indigenous knowledge, values, and understandings in conjunction with Western science practices and research. Project site: Te Maraeroa on Hauturu-o-Toi (Little Barrier Island) in the Hauraki Gulf.