Exploration of a School of Design

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Young, Athena
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Hewitt, John
Masters Thesis
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Mortimer Pass (Newmarket, Auckland, N.Z.)
Newmarket (Auckland, N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
schools of design
architectural design
New Zealand
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Young, A. (2011). Exploration of a School of Design. A research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional), Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
RESEARCH QUESTION: How to reconcile the learning process of a School Of Design with the theoretical construct of the school’s image. MOTIVATION: Architectural discourse is divided between intellectual theory and built reality. Design Schools want to achieve contemporary architecture through the static image intending to publicise the avant-garde nature of Design School image within its creative industry at the expense of students. The unification of a School of Designs learning process (reality) and the speculative academic philosophy (theory) would create an innovative contemporary School. METHODS: Research into design, theory, site analysis, literature and precedents illustrates the constant balance between the image and built reality. The research identified the conflicting and contradictory nature of design theory, terminology. The research resulted in the key principles of function-specific and flexible space, site vitality and stagnation and Pedestrian and occupant movement being established. The conclusion drawn was the connection between the learning process and the image a School of Design is achievable, reinforced through applying the key principles and responding to site conditions. SITE: Mortimer Pass, Newmarket, Auckland.
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