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Reinstating Humanness: An Exploration Into The Design Of Human Settlements

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dc.contributor.advisor Kawiti, Derek
dc.contributor.author Holden, Tom
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-03T23:56:13Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T18:19:17Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-03T23:56:13Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T18:19:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2015
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/29810
dc.description.abstract As a child growing up in an early colonial village, and a keen traveler, I have spent a lifetime dwelling in the midst of historic settlements. A native Aucklander, and a fortuitous inhabitant of the western 21st century, I have also spent my fair share of time occupying more contemporary built structures. It is with almost unnerving consistency that I find these older places nicer spaces to be. The natural balance of variation and sameness. The relentless use of the human scale. A constant consideration of the person user. Time and time again these settlements strike me as more suitable places for people to dwell. The empirical writings of the likes of Christopher Alexander and Nikos Salingaros confirm this not as some personal nostalgia on my part but as more or less a wider objective truth. Fundamentally these are environments more appropriate for human inhabitation. This thesis presents the summation of a years’ worth of thinking on this matter. It is split into three parts. The first discusses these human qualities and attempts to explain their continued demise within our current post industrial age. It also proposes a system through which more human buildings and places may once again be built. The second is devoted to testing such a system via a case study. The site chosen for this test is the small settlement west of Wellington at Makara Beach. The third and final part of this thesis describes the process followed in the production of this case study and the lessons learnt. 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 Vernacular en_NZ
dc.subject Identity en_NZ
dc.subject Coastal en_NZ
dc.title Reinstating Humanness: An Exploration Into The Design Of Human Settlements 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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