Touchless touch : an architectural research project exploring the human relationship to wilderness heritage of the Poor Knights Islands Marine and Land Reserve

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Chapman-Smith, Toby
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
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Unitec Institute of Technology
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2012
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Chaplin, David
McConchie, Graeme
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Masters Thesis
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Poor Knights Islands Marine and Land Reserve
wilderness conservation
precedent architecture
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Chapman-Smith, T. (2012). Touchless touch : an architectural research project exploring the human relationship to wilderness heritage of the Poor Knights Islands Marine and Land Reserve. Master Thesis explanatory document. A research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
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RESEARCH QUESTION: How can the fabric of architecture enable us to be touchlessly in-touch with wilderness heritage at the Poor Knights Islands? This research project, Touchless Touch, explores the delicate relationship that exists between society and wilderness heritage. Wilderness heritage is becoming more and more endangered. Expanding populations and technology place greater pressure on wilderness areas and precious ecological environments. Society faces a dilemma due to the value of such precious space. As both protector and destroyer, how does humanity engage with this space? Architecture presents a possible solution to this problem. The fabric of architecture has the power to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between civilisation and wilderness.
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