Museum of space : a study of the limits of metaphorical representations of various theories of space that can be achieved in architecture

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McIntosh, Joshua
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Mitrovic, Branko
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Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
architecture and space
euclidean space
Saint Mary's Bay (Auckland, N.Z.)
New Zealand
Point Erin Pools (Saint Mary's Bay, Auckland, N.Z.)
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McIntosh, J. (2012). Museum of space: A study of the limits of metaphorical representations of various theories of space that can be achieved in architecture. A research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Architecture(Professional), Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
RESEARCH QUESTIONS: How are architectural representations of spatial concepts possible? How can spatial theories inform an architectural project? Space is the subject of this thesis. Mankind’s quest to understand the impalpable medium known as space has been a remarkable journey. A journey that has spanned time, culture, and academic persuasion- and resulted in a multitude of diverse theories. This research is an in-depth, architectural exploration of six pre-eminent spatial theories that have emerged in historic and contemporary thought. The exploration process aims to represent these theories through architecture in a Euclidean world. Owing to the alternative spatial conceptions being endowed in properties different from ordinary real world, Euclidean space, the problem becomes impossible to resolve. This thesis aims to capture and represent the history of mankind’s understanding of space in the design of an architectural building. Chosen site is located on the promontory of Point Erin Peninsular in Saint Marys Bay, Aucklnad City. This site currently accommodates a public swimming pool complex. This surrounds green area is used as a public park and reserve.
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