Westgate Shopping Centre : an opportunity to give an obsolute development a new purpose

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Sharma, Deyvik
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Wagner, Cesar
Turner, David
Masters Thesis
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Westgate Shopping Centre (N.Z.)
Westgate, New Zealand
New Zealand
shopping malls
town centres
public transportation nodes
urban transport
transport centres
pedestrian experience
ANZSRC Field of Research Code (2020)
Sharma, D. (2020). Westgate Shopping Centre : an opportunity to give an obsolute development a new purpose. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand. https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5231
RESEARCH QUESTION: How can a transit orientated design strategy be used to reprogram an existing development to serve a new purpose? ABSTRACT: Due to the economic foundation and focused use of private transportation, Auckland has become a prime example of urban sprawl over the course of the city’s development and urbanization. The Auckland 2050 plan is a 30 year initiative to move Auckland towards being a multi-nodal city. Auckland’s city centre will continue to be the focal point of the city but will not be the only point of commerce, cultural and entertainment. Albany, Westgate and Manukau have been identified as the future urban centres. This project will address how the transport hub within the future metropolitan centre in Westgate could be designed. Over the next few years, Westgate will be transformed into a key transport interchange, due to the development of the north-western rapid transit corridor. This hub will serve the surrounding area, support residential intensification in and around the centre. The current Westgate shopping complex has been outshined by the new North-West development across the street, comprising of a lot the same functions (and more) as Westgate. As the stores are Westgate vacate, what can be done on the Westgate site? This project’s focus on the focal point of this future urban centre, the transport interchange. The project will aim to cater for the planned development in the area across the next 30 years. ... The aim of this research project is to investigate how transit-orientated design strategy can be used to reprogram an existing development to serve a new purpose. Additionally, how can the same ideology be used to improve the pedestrian connectivity. The station typology this project is trying to develop is one that can minimise the use of the private car, by occupying the large ground level in the planned urban zones which are adjacent to a mall or other large retail/commercial centres. The space that is currently occupied by malls can be later expanded or replaced by larger developments which can blend more cultural, and business/commercial uses. [Page 65]
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