Critical preservation : an architectural research project exploring post traumatic architecture in Christchurch

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Morland, Kate Anne
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Jeanette, Budgett
van Raat, Tony
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Christchurch 2010-2011 earthquakes
Christchurch rebuild
heritage conservation
schools of architecture
Lebbeus Woods
Cambridge Terrace (Christchurch, N.Z.)
Cashel Street (Christchurch, N.Z.)
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Morland, K. A. (2013). Critical preservation : an architectural research project exploring post traumatic architecture in Christchurch. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Architecture (Professional).
The focus of this research is to explore the concept of Post Traumatic Architecture in the context of Christchurch. It is aimed to provoke a discussion on an alternative way of rebuilding a city devastated by a traumatic event, such as an earthquake, by retaining memories from the past and creating a transition into the present, through exposing the evolution of the built environment. The site chosen for this thesis reflects the trauma sustained through two structurally damaged buildings and an empty lot where demolition has taken place. The decision to retain the existing buildings preserves the story, memory and meaning of what once was. In order to deal with the challenges this site presents I have followed the theory of Critical Preservation to achieve a successful architectural solution. This theory is neither restoration, nor removal, but instead, renovates existing architecture to display the historic qualities, as well as integrating modern design. The existing structure is restored and exposed to make way for the history of the site to merge with a contemporary architectural intervention. Lebbeus Woods is an architectural theorist who aligns much of his philosophies with Critical Preservation. His ideas on rebuilding cities post war or natural disaster have been explored and referenced throughout this research project to challenge the traditional way of thinking about rebuilding post trauma. The program selected, being an architectural school, reinforces the need to strengthen our awareness of how we approach architectural education for the future. Purposed site: Corner of Cambridge Terrace and Cashel Street.
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