Re: Kaitāia

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Thomas-Raela, Kelly Kataraina
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
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Unitec Institute of Technology
Date
2020
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McConchie, Graeme
Pusateri, John
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Masters Thesis
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Kaitāia (New Zealand)
New Zealand
Aotearoa
community development
architecture and community
sense of place
history
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Thomas-Raela, K. K. (2020). Re: Kaitāia (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)).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/10652/6029
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RESEARCH QUESTION How can an architectural intervention facilitate positive re-growth in the community of Kaitāia? ABSTRACT The world around us shares a complex interconnectedness that links all things, nature-place-people-culture. In this age where the new modernist strives to be a globetrotter, relatively devoid of genuine cultural connection, the opportunity for meaningful interaction and the desire to ‘put down roots’ has subsequently lost its hold. The true impact is now being realised through a growing sense of ‘placelessness’ and a sense of dis-ease among individuals and communities alike. RE: Kaitāia investigates how architectural intervention can be shaped by the ideas of mauri, community, and place, to generate positive re-growth and re-connection in the settlement of Kaitāia. Consideration of our past, present, and future enables a holistic understanding of where we are; and who we are as a nation. With confidence, we can plan for a shared positive future, by applying old wisdom to our shared contemporary issues, such as consumerism and climate change. It is time to regain our sense of place, community, and identity for the betterment of all through re-invention. Design site: Commerce Street, Kaitāia, New Zealand
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