Surf the turf

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Collett, Adam Peter Loveys
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Patel, Yusef
Potauaine , Semisi
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Whangamatā (N.Z.)
New Zealand
forestry ecotourism
architectural design
sustainable architecture
Collett, A.P.L. (2023). Surf the turf (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
RESEARCH QUESTION How can an architectural response to forestry ecotourism be the answer to year-round sustainable Whangamatā? ABSTRACT An exploration of how architecture can enhance the experience of forestry ecotourism for its participants, particularly mountain bikers. Set in the picturesque Coromandel town of Whangamatā, this paper investigates how architectural intervention can maximise tourism opportunities and reduce the reliance on methods such as plantation forestry. This paper explores architecture for forestry ecotourism in terms of style and execution. Profiling ecotourism participants and examining initial precedents will be essential research methods. In addition, analysis of prefabrication and design for disassembly act as good starting points for creating a low -impact architectural style. Exploration of design for off-grid living also helps to understand how to be sustainable and provide the ecological side of ecotourism. Research can also be done into existing forestry practices to understand better how to work in conjunction with plantation forestry operations and the benefits of forestry. This project undertakes a series of design projects, working with various scales to understand all working parts of what an architecture style for forestry ecotourism looks like. The final design response will be a master plan, a mountain bike mecca that will be a premium ecotourism and timber technology destination. This master plan will be the culmination of two smaller design projects. A wall panel will be designed to understand the basics of timber construction and develop the basic rules for building with a small footprint. A cabin will also be designed with mountain bikers as the primary clientele. This will be an analysis of the program and will determine an understanding of materiality and basic construction.
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