Architecture of resilience : how can architecture instil resilience within communities in the face of future disasters?

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Morgan, Peter
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Khan, Jaffer
Pretty, Annabel
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
climate change
floods and flooding
flood resilient architecture
architecture of resilience
water architecture design
Thames (Coromandel Peninsula, N.Z.)
Coromandel Peninsula (N.Z.)
ANZSRC Field of Research Code (2020)
Morgan, P. (2015). Architecture of resilience : how can architecture instil resilience within communities in the face of future disasters? An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture Professional. Unitec Institute of Technology.
This project is about discovering ways that architecture can intervene and help preserve communities in the face of disaster. To preserve communities requires building resilience. This project focuses on how to instil resilience into a community and will explore ways non-architectural issues can be synthesized into architectural forms that can have the effect of changing perspective, raising awareness, and encouraging resourcefulness. It will consider methods of strengthening communities from within the parameters of an ecologically resilient perspective only; will argue that the traditional, engineering, understanding of resilience that informs current practice in western cultures is not as effective as an ecological approach to the preservation of communities in the face of natural disasters; and that establishing ecological resilience in communities is essential for their survival in the face of the increasing number of natural disasters expected in the future. The design aspect of the project will involve artificially introducing a disturbance factor, flooding, into an area which will be modified to handle it while also using it to promote community activity. Architectural installations will also be designed to facilitate use of the area. Project site: Thames, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
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