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dc.contributor.authorMcAuley, Joseph
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTION: How can architecture improve the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of groundwater? ABSTRACT: Groundwater sources are disappearing from highly populated areas around the world. Over harvesting, pollution and demand for space are some of the primary factors attributed to their decline. The absence of public support to protect these important water sources can be attributed to a lack of public awareness, understanding and appreciation for groundwater and the role it plays in the life and sustenance of a city. In Tauranga City for example, local residents are unaware of the dormant springs buried beneath their city library, war museum and police station. This project investigates how civil architecture can improve the social value of groundwater by improving public perception, knowledge and endorsement for the protection and restoration of local groundwater entities. This research utilises existing architectural case studies associated with groundwater to identify quantities and qualities that have improved the social value of groundwater. Common traits found across the sample group were evaluated and incorporated in the design process/outcome of a “Spring Observatory” at the source of one of the springs in the Tauranga City centre. This research identifies a number of gaps in the knowledge of groundwater-architecture and the historic landscape of Tauranga City. Future research in this field should investigate i) the social value of groundwater, focusing on indigenous communities, (i.e. Māori) ii) the historic landscape of the Te Papa peninsula prior to European settlement and iii) define groundwater-architecture to establish more specialised research within the generalised field of “water buildings”. Case studies include: Puukenga, Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae (Unitec)en_NZ
dc.subjectTe Papa peninsula (Tauranga, N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectTauranga, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectastronomy and architectureen_NZ
dc.subjectMāori astronomyen_NZ
dc.titleGroundwater-architecture : improving the social value of groundwateren_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ of Architecture (Professional)en_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120101 Architectural Designen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationMcAuley, J. (2019). Groundwater-architecture : improving the social value of groundwater. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuHoahoanga whareen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuPuna waimāorien_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuTātai arorangien_NZ
unitec.publication.placeAuckland, New Zealand
unitec.advisor.principalMurphy, Chris
unitec.advisor.associatedHall, Min
unitec.institution.studyareaLandscape Architecture

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