A woven shelter

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Giblin, Kylie
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Master of Architecture
Unitec Institute of Technology
Austin, Michael
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Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Māori building techniques
New Zealand architecture
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Giblin, K. (2009). A woven shelter. An unpublished work submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional), Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
The existence of a distinguishably ‘New Zealand’ architecture is a continuing obsession of historians and critics. This paper investigates the few built examples that represent Maoridom within our built environment. Research is comprised of precedents that illustrate how Māori craft, mythology, natural resources and indigenous building techniques are currently being employed and developed in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Traditional Māori building techniques have inspired raranga (weaving) as a craft to be explored through material exploration. Natural resources and recycled materials have been employed to generate kete (baskets). Harakeke (flax), muka (flax fibre), rope, paper, plastic tubing, seaweed and seatbelts explore the cavities created by controlling the tension of the weave. This project undertakes research to better understand the East Coast of New Zealand. The chosen site for this proposition is between Omaio Bay and Te Kaha. Te Ehutu trust lease this land to our family on a six monthly basis, which has informed the proposal of a temporary sheltering system. The shelter weaves harakeke from the site, to construct a transformable canopy. Simple weaving techniques have been employed to encourage ‘group’ participation within the making of the shelter. The design of a corner system allows Mānuka saplings to prop up the canopy whilst being tensioned to the ground by muka guy ropes.
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