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dc.contributor.authorYoung, Harriett
dc.description.abstractWith the built environment contributing to a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions, there is great potential to reduce its environmental impact by addressing the ways in which we construct and use buildings. The residential sector shows the greatest potential for improvement, with 25% of global end use demand consumed by houses alone. Retrofitting provides promise for existing houses; increasing their life span whilst enabling upgrades in energy efficiency and spatial qualities. New Zealand's existing house stock is varied but one of the most prominent house types is the post-war state house, built between 1940-1960 across New Zealand. These houses make up the largest proportion of existing houses in New Zealand. The design of post-war state houses supported and promoted the nuclear family; an ideal which is becoming increasingly irrelevant in modern New Zealand. These houses remain stalled in the era in which they were designed and are now socially out of date, failing to meet the variety of needs of New Zealanders today. Changes in society and the way that we use our houses are explored and translated into architectural problems, which are addressed through the design of retrofit solutions. Long Live the State House asks the question: “How can the development of a spectrum of architectural interventions be used to retrofit existing post-war state houses, in order to extend their lifetime and usability, thus improving social, environmental and economic sustainability?” To answer this, the project explores retrofit solutions to current problems prevalent in these post-war state houses and aims to demonstrate alternative solutions to traditional housing models. The outcome is flexible and adaptable to suit a variety of applications across New Zealand.en_NZ
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dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectstate housingen_NZ
dc.subjectpublic housing designen_NZ
dc.subjectstate house designen_NZ
dc.subjectmodular housingen_NZ
dc.subjectenvironmental sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.subjectsustainable urban designen_NZ
dc.subjectsocial housingen_NZ
dc.titleLong live the state house : an investigation into the possibilities of retrofit solutions to existing problems with post-war state housesen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
dc.rights.holderAuthoren_NZ of Architecture (Professional)en_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120101 Architectural Designen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120503 Housing Markets, Development, Managementen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationYoung, H. (2016). Long live the state house : an investigation into the possibilities of retrofit solutions to existing problems with post-war state houses. Explanatory document. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalTurner, David
unitec.advisor.associatedByrd, Hugh

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