The core of coastal communities: Revisioning the surf club

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Mellor, Harry
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec, Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Francis, Kerry
McPherson, Peter
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Mairangi Bay (Auckland, N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
New Zealand
surf lifesaving (aquatic sports)
mixed use building types
community centres
coastal communities
Te Aranga Design Principles
ANZSRC Field of Research Code (2020)
Mellor, H. (2022). The core of coastal communities: Revisioning the surf club (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
RESEARCH QUESTION How can a multi-use Surf Lifesaving Community Hub enhance the engagement and inclusivity of people in the surrounding context? ABSTRACT As most of New Zealand’s communities are surrounded by coastlines, Surf Lifesaving has a considerable presence from the Far North to Oreti, Invercargill. Lifesaving has grown immensely across the country and is established in over 74 locations. The resources of the Surf Lifesaving service are tested due to inadequate funding, limited community involvement, and lack of social networking opportunities across a diverse group of people. This research project, “The Core of Coastal Communities,” has addressed New Zealand communities’ narrow interests, and social and physical barriers. A change of the traditional typology was necessary to connect the community and the people in it. Developing a flexible framework within the design has allowed the project to be adaptive for future projects. The widespread issue of integrating multiple programs into a building had to be explored to reduce the impact on the users. Through exploring the following aspects, the surf club’s principles were necessary for understanding the space between the community, the coastline, and Surf Lifesaving with an architectural solution that could be implemented around the country. Architecture has provided a viable solution that adapts the unsustainable surf lifesaving club to include a more collaborative approach with community engagement while still supporting the traditional purpose of the organization. Through the design of a multi-use surf lifesaving community hub, the project has focused on a concept within one community to test the framework of this theory and address the challenges in the surrounding context. Coastal erosion, coastal inundation, and flooding have been explored and addressed by implementing different techniques. To further develop the connection between Surf Lifesaving and the community within a facility Te Aranga Māori Design Principles and fundamental social strategies have been included in the design. A co-located connected facility has been proposed through research and design; it will potentially positively impact the community’s social behaviors and enhance the local culture. Site: Mairangi Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.
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