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The Architectural Body

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dc.contributor.advisor Campays, Philippe
dc.contributor.author Whangapirita, Abbie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-01T05:00:11Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-01T21:25:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-01T05:00:11Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-01T21:25:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/27953
dc.description.abstract "Architecture, in anyone's definition of it, exists primarily to be at the service of the body". ((Gin and Arakawa 2002 xi) Architectural Body). The title for this thesis, The Architectural Body , is drawn from Gin and Arakawa's position encapsulated in the opening quotation. The human body is the point of departure for this thesis which reinforces the fact that the body is fundamental to any architectural situation. There are many aspects to the human body, such as physicality, gender, race, feeling and thought. However, the focus here is solely on the physical aspect of the body which has not been adequately researched or documented in current architectural discourse. There is a need to rethink and reconfigure the relationship and dialogue between the physical human body and its surrounding architectural environment, in order to facilitate the body's ability to express fully its dynamic capacity and mobile ability. Therefore, this thesis explores how architecture can enable, enhance and extend the physical human body's capabilities. This question is the driver for the thesis as well as providing the structure for the research and the design through the framework of ENABLE, ENHANCE and EXTEND. The thesis first explores a historical concept of the body which looks at its physicality in design. In particular, it argues for the relevance of, and opportunities afforded by, the historical physical body in architecture, discussing contemporary perceptions of this model. Next, the thesis examines the concepts of performativity, applying these to critique and examine contemporary ideas within flexible architecture. Finally, the thesis investigates an architectural project designed specifically for the physical body. Through a design process, the project explores how the body can become a catalyst for design within an architectural setting. This is recognised by outlining a strategy for design which is then tested and developed by the programme of a Changing Room for a single person. An exploration of the physical body and its fluidity and mobility is portrayed through the creation of the Changing Room's overall space and its architectural elements. The final outcome is a strategy for design which creates an architecture that recognises and responds to the dynamic multiplicities of the body; that is, it enables, enhances and extends. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Access is restricted to staff and students only. For information please contact the library. en_NZ
dc.subject Body en_NZ
dc.subject Architecture en_NZ
dc.subject Movement en_NZ
dc.title The Architectural Body en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 310101 Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Architecture (Professional) en_NZ

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