Transformation beyond restoration

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Pratap, Sheenal
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec, Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Schnoor, Christoph
McConchie, Graeme
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Ōamaru (N.Z.)
New Zealand
performing arts centre design
adaptive reuse of buildings
historic buildings
urban regeneration
community engagement
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Pratap, S. (2022). Transformation beyond restoration (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)).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 performing arts centre in the historic town of Ōamaru help create a more enticing environment for the younger generation? ABSTRACT Small towns in New Zealand are a pleasure to be in because they exude a feeling of community and New Zealand culture. Even though these communities have a rising interest in their older residents, there is often not much attention given to a town’s youth. This issue is visible in Ōamaru, a small town located roughly 125 kilometres north of Dunedin in the South Island. Ōamaru is home to numerous attractions, including a blue penguin colony and its Victorian Precinct. Although these are booming with services for older audiences, they lack opportunities for youth, resulting in a dearth of youth and their departure . According to the most recent demographic figures, only 15% of Ōamaru’s population comprises individuals aged 10 to 29. The younger generation senses a lack of engagement and community involvement, driving them to go to larger cities that provide these possibilities – which reduces the youth population in the small town. Creating additional chances and places of identification for young people appears to be one potential solution to this issue. The younger generation may consider Ōamaru their home if they have an increased sense of belonging. Creating a place that allows them to engage with peers their age and a platform to establish a sense of identity might inspire them to stay in this small town and find themselves there rather than leaving for a more significant urban centre. Therefore, this project aims to contribute to resolving these issues via the design of a Performing Arts Centre. This project is placed in the Victorian Precinct as it is a central location, where youth engagement is higher than in other areas of the town. It is also the most historically and architecturally significant region of Ōamaru. The project suggests the extension and adaptation of a historic building located at 12 Tyne Street, a Victorian-era structure that the Union Bank of Australia once occupied. Historical buildings are more than just their materials; they carry memories of the past and many generations of experiences. It is essential to preserve these buildings as there is a danger that these buildings will get destroyed once they no longer serve their original purpose. Therefore, the project seeks to establish rejuvenation and conservation at the same time. Site: 12 Tyne Street, Ōamaru, New Zealand
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