Unlocking the potential of neglected urban spaces : Mangere Bridge West : community connection to the natural landscape

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Singh, Raina
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Irving, Daniel
Jadresin-Milic, Renata
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Māngere (Auckland, N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
Puketutu Island (Auckland, N.Z.)
Māngere Town Centre (Auckland, N.Z.)
green space networks
light rail
rail transport
urban rail
New Zealand
Singh, R. (2018). Unlocking the potential of neglected urban spaces : Māngere Bridge West : community connection to the natural landscape.An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Masters of Architecture (Professional), Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
RESEARCH QUESTION: Is there an urban architecture that can connect a light rail transport hub with the local landscape to unlock a sense of community within the Māngere Town Centre? Urban green spaces play a vital role in the well-being of neighbourhoods and in building a closer relationship with nature. Yet, urban design has tended to treat green spaces as periphery amenities or as casual after-thoughts in the development of urban living spaces. In the context of Auckland, with a fast-growing population, a prioritising of motor vehicles infrastructure in outlying suburbs, and an underappreciation of the city’s unique natural landscapes, the urban environment is often defined by vacancy and neglect. This project develops an architectural intervention that aims to capture the value of urban green spaces as assets for creating a liveable neighbourhood, which also will become a catalyst for the revitalisation of the Mangere Town Centre by reconnecting people to the natural landscapes of their community. This is achieved by creating a community-oriented architecture to support local and regional transport and to connect local and civic spaces. The outcome is an architecture that establishes a strong connection from regional transportation to the Mangere Town Centre. From this point, the transit link threads through to Puketutu Regional park and shapes a series of ‘backyard’ spaces for the Mangere community.
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