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Plan B Hive: An outpost in the hinterland

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dc.contributor.advisor Kebbell, Sam
dc.contributor.author Allnatt, Benjamin John
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-03T00:59:02Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T18:13:47Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-03T00:59:02Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T18:13:47Z
dc.date.copyright 2015
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/29799
dc.description.abstract In May 2014, the New Zealand Government released plans that in the wake of a major Wellington disaster, parliament would temporarily shift to Auckland. This thesis instead proposes an alternative governmental 'outpost' on the Kapiti Coast. Functioning as a Disaster Research Centre, this would maintain the flexibility to support a temporary 'crisis parliament' post-catastrophe. The notion of an 'outpost' stems from observations of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and recognises how important sub-centres have been in supporting the city as it slowly recovers. While this thesis tests a specific scenario, it becomes an example of establishing a resilient polycentricism between the city and its hinterland. Identifying a 'peri-urban' condition, this thesis investigates architecture's role at the periphery, exploring alternative models of settlement to the existing exurban sprawl. These alternatives are explored through design-led research that culminates in a developed design presented as Plan B-Hive. Within a large quarry, the extreme scenario is matched by an extreme site, and investigates a settlement shift away from the coast to the more stable foothills. As a monolithic and singular form, it becomes a provocation for enlarged architecture in the hinterland. Through the lens of architect and theorist Pier Aureli, the thesis explores a confluence between the political and formal mechanisms of architecture and the possibility they hold in structuring urban space. Projects by Aureli’s firm Dogma become primary case studies and inform the experiments carried out in developing Plan B-Hive. Ultimately the relationship with the somewhat totalitarian Dogma catalyses a reflection and critique of Aureli's ideology. The conclusion of this process forms a broader disciplinary discussion on the validity of dogmatism in architecture. This thesis interrogates whether through enacting certain amounts of dogma, architecture may regain a sense of projective agency in shaping urban space. en_NZ
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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 Polycentricty, the city & its periphery en_NZ
dc.subject Temporary disaster parliament en_NZ
dc.subject Dogma and urban form en_NZ
dc.title Plan B Hive: An outpost in the hinterland 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 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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