Design for diversity : an architectural response for rehabilitation and reconnection of ecological diversity

Thumbnail Image
Other Title
Waldo, Abby
Author ORCID Profiles (clickable)
Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
van Raat, Tony
Hoskins, Raoul
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Te Maraeroa
Ngati Manuhiri (Ngati Wai)
Little Barrier Island (Hauraki, N.Z.)
Hauraki Gulf (Auckland, N.Z.)
nature reserves
nature centres
community centres
Māori architecture
environmental sustainability
New Zealand
Waldo, A. (2014) Design for diversity : an architectural response for rehabilitation and reconnection of ecological diversity. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture Professional. Exchange Thesis Program Unitec Institute of Technology. Auburn University Bachelor's Degree Fulfillment.
Architecture demands a certain responsibility to the changing environments of today’s world and the sustainable practices that can support it. Overtime, this responsibility has only become more important as habitat loss, pollution, over-exploitation, and species introduction are increasingly affecting the diversity of landscapes and resources of today’s world. How can a research facility on an off shore island in New Zealand educate and promote change for ecological significance and biodiversity? How can architects and designers 'design for diversity' while taking into account cultural context and the unique environments that surround them? This research project aims to explore the architecture and planning of an educational facility that is deeply rooted in the cultural ties of the land, and the island solutions that support it. In the end, the project develops a design proposal that compasses indigenous knowledge, values, and understandings in conjunction with Western science practices and research. Project site: Te Maraeroa on Hauturu-o-Toi (Little Barrier Island) in the Hauraki Gulf.
Link to ePress publication
Copyright holder
Copyright notice
All rights reserved
Copyright license
Available online at