The liveable superblock

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Mann, Marie-Louise
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
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Unitec Institute of Technology
Date
2014
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Turner, David
Type
Masters Thesis
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New North Road (Auckland, N.Z.)
Morningside Drive (Morningside, Auckland, N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
sustainable urban design
urban intensification
high-rise apartments
mixed use building types
New Zealand
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Mann, M.-L. The liveable superblock. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture Professional, Unitec Institute of Technology.
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Driven by the need to use our resources sustainably, increasing density is a viable option. Doing this in an already established city is complex. The models of greenfield development on the fringes of the city or piecemeal infill development is not satisfactory because it does not create a coherent ‘whole’ city. This project proposes creating superblock development which provides for a mixture of uses and allows buildings of varied typology to stand in relationship with each other in such a way that public place at human scale is developed in addition to private space. In this way density is achieved without losing the characteristic of the indoor outdoor relationship we expect in our environment. This also provides a platform for interaction between people which may develop a sense of invigoration and community. The site chosen for this project is a rundown area on the fringe of the central city and therefore an ideal position to initiate a wave of development outward toward the outer fringes of the city. Project site: New North Road, Morningside Drive in Morningside, Auckland.
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