Connecting the city : Tauranga Library
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Citation:Hansen, J. (2020). Connecting the city : Tauranga Library. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand. https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5234
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5234
RESEARCH QUESTION: How can architecture act as a catalyst for urban connectivity and improve the Tauranga city centre? ABSTRACT: This architectural project explores the role of architecture in creating and supporting a sense of place and identity. It proposes a contemporary library and community hub in Tauranga’s CBD with the intention of re-invigorating and re-energising the city centre. The purpose of this project is to speculate on how architecture might affect a city’s dynamic evolution and provide an antidote to ongoing urban sprawl. The Tauranga city community is becoming increasingly fragmented. Urban sprawl is occurring due to the expanding population. Good city planning is crucial to prevent urban sprawl, and this project intends to respond to this by designing a new city library. This project in itself is not a solution to urban sprawl. However, it is a catalyst for urban enhancement and social connectivity. Tauranga’s development is moving away from its core, and the people are following. It will be an architectural solution that acts as a central social hub. The dynamic magnetism of the project will encourage social collaboration and enhance the urban vitality, strengthening the city centre. The research explores ways of revitalising the urban density through architecture and encouraging the forming of a community-driven space that acknowledges culture, education and sociability. A vital city centre may encourage inner city residential development, more public transport and better urban infrastructure.