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An Architecture of Solas

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dc.contributor.advisor Campays, Philippe
dc.contributor.author Skogstad, Samuel Dane
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-03T01:03:08Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T00:09:31Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-03T01:03:08Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T00:09:31Z
dc.date.copyright 2013
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/29349
dc.description.abstract The thesis investigates the place of the architecture of the individual coastal dwelling in mitigating the future effects of Solastalgia. Solastalgia is understood as the notion of place-based distress stemming from changes occurring in the environment. The projected effects of climate change include a rise in sea levels and an increase in extreme coastal weather events. With many of New Zealand’s principal areas of inhabitation lying along the coast the physical and less tangible psychological effects arising from these future events are becoming both a pressing issue and a mobilising idea in the creation of coastal domestic architecture. The thesis examines three theoretical imperatives. Firstly, the work of Glenn Albrecht and his notion of Solastalgia. Utilised as a means to understand the effects of change in our home environment on the perception of comfort and the dwelling, Solastalgia acts as an initial reference for the design case study. Secondly, the notion of home and the dwelling as retreat is examined through phenomenological thought. Thirdly, by understanding the dwelling as an experiential connection and engagement with the unique conditions of place the thesis questions home as merely a refuge or place of shelter and retreat. The architectural design comprises three dwellings respectively titled The Outpost, The Cave and The Nest. Each articulates a distinct approach to retreat and engagement through the architectural notions of ground relationship, permanence, site specificity, and through questioning the expected qualities associated with the two primary materials timber and concrete. The dwellings are sited in Island Bay Wellington, a site chosen for its high exposure to the elements and rich history of coastal living. Each is positioned to exploit a specific condition of the coastal edge. The Outpost touches the sea, The Cave is set between sea and hill, and The Nest is sited upon the hill face itself. Ultimately, the three dwellings act both as a symbol for a need to proactively consider the uncertain future condition, as well as providing exemplars as possible solutions for this proactive future looking approach to an architectural dwelling upon this coastal edge. As such, the dwellings are thus three possible speculative solutions through design led research to the implications the solastalgic context has in the formation of domestic coastal architecture. 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 Dwelling en_NZ
dc.subject Solastalgia en_NZ
dc.subject Retreat en_NZ
dc.subject Engagement en_NZ
dc.title An Architecture of Solas en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120101 Architectural Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 870204 Residential Construction Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design 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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