"Disasterpiece" : how can architecture turn a human disaster into a positive contribution to an area that was affected?’
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Citation:Baxter. K. (2015). Disasterpiece : how can architecture turn a human disaster into a positive contribution to an area that was affected?’ An unpublished master thesis explanitory document. A research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional), Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/3245
Human disasters are a fact of life and can cause catastrophic results to the environment and society. Minimising and preventing these disasters is the best course of action, but in reality, humans make mistakes. We are left with the consequences and the issue of how to deal with them. This project focuses on how architecture can positively contribute to an area that has been affected by a human disaster. The Bay of Plenty suffered from a human disasterwhen the MV Rena ran aground on 5 October 2011. This project will look at the negative impacts of the disaster and, through this example, discuss how architecture might rehabilitate, reinvest and positively contribute to anaffected area. Project site: Wairanaki Bay (Motiti Island, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)