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dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow modifications en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow commercial use en_NZ
dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Daniel, K
dc.contributor.author Walsh, David
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T03:00:52Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T20:21:35Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T03:00:52Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T20:21:35Z
dc.date.copyright 2016
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/30051
dc.description.abstract Currently decommissioned and derelict onshore oil and gas sites litter the Taranaki countryside with no further role in the built environment. But even after becoming abandoned or decommissioned, these sites still have remaining resources that can be harnessed for geothermal energy production of heat and power to aid the neighbouring communities (Reyes 13). This thesis looks at architecture’s role in providing such decommissioned industrial sites with new uses that can help ensure their prolonged viability, while also strategically assisting surrounding rural communities that are in financial decline by providing free or low cost energy. Operational onshore oil and gas sites fulfil a vital role in terms of jobs and energy production; but these sites also have taken a visual and environmental toll on the surrounding rural communities. Once these sites are no longer economically viable, if they are simply left to become derelict, the surrounding rural communities often suffer even more. These plants also can be viewed as representing an important period in New Zealand history that risks being lost if these sites are removed once they are no longer operational. The thesis investigation proposes to incorporate into these abandoned industrial sites new non-industrial programmes that are capable of “learning” from the industrial, framing it strategically along strategic axes to enhance visitors’ awareness of the interconnection of energy and the natural environment. The thesis also argues that incorporating the language of surrounding rural agricultural typologies into the new architectural intervention can help offset the negative implications of a large derelict industrial infrastructure set within a rural landscape. The principal aims of the investigation are to help reinvigorate these derelict sites, while providing continued energy benefits to the surrounding communities and preserving an important chapter of New Zealand heritage. The site of Kupe Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plant, located south of Manaia in South Taranaki, is explored asthe site for this research investigation. Kupe has symbolically represented Oil and Gas in South Taranaki throughout its existence. While it heads toward industrial ruin, the site still offers untapped environmental resources that can be strategically utilised to help enhance its long-term use. The proposed program is a National Institute for Research and Higher Education in Geothermal Technologies. At present the only facilities for research and higher education in the field of geothermal technologies are located in a few disconnected buildings in Auckland and Dunedin. This design-led research investigation proposes that by fully integrating such facilities into a single national institution directly within one of these sites, the abandoned processing plant can be strategically reutilised in ways that re-frame our relationship with the natural environment, while giving back to the community. This thesis asks: How can non-industrial programmes be integrated into abandoned onshore oil and gas facilities to provide untapped environmental energy resources for the surrounding rural communities? How can architecture be integrated into abandoned onshore oil and gas facilities to help educate New Zealanders about the relationship of geothermal energy production and the natural environment? How can architecture help ensure the heritage value of abandoned onshore oil and gas facilities is safeguarded for future generations? 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.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/nz/
dc.subject Oil and Gas en_NZ
dc.subject Industrial en_NZ
dc.subject Geothermal en_NZ
dc.subject Taranaki mi_NZ
dc.title A Point Of Change en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
dc.date.updated 2016-11-15T08:52:19Z
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 090506 Structural Engineering en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 2 STRATEGIC BASIC RESEARCH 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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