An urban verge: Designing an adaptable events centre
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Le Corbusier thought of buildings as “machines for living in"(1), an architecture that would functionally respond to our needs and work with our lifestyles. The 'machine' paradigm of building is one that is internally driven, self-contained, utilizing artificial systems for cooling and lighting, and using energy resources without regard for environmental consequences. Now, more than eighty years after this analogy, should we still be comparing our buildings to machines? We seem to be at a turning point. A new architecture is beginning to emerge that instead envisions buildings as kinetic organisms. This new archetype is able to move and adapt in response to its environment. It is architecture that recognizes that it is actively integrated with its surroundings, while also potentially self powered and 'off the grid'. This new thinking has increased in significance as environmental sustainability is now recognized as a paramount objective in architecture worldwide. My project balances the interactions between theory, design, and the circumstances of a real brief and site in the area of architecture. The brief chosen is the design of an adaptable events centre on the viaduct waterfront for the client Auckland City Council. There are many design principles that have emerged with this new form of organic architecture; I have focussed on four guiding principles in my design which are; diversified lifetimes, flexible spaces, adaptable design and kinetic architecture. These principles provided a framework in which a process of design was enabled and tested in an urban verge - the design of an adaptable events centre. 1. Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture (Dover Publications, 1986), 69, Richard Rogers, Cities for a Small Planet, ed. Philip Gumuchdjian, 1 vols. (London: Faber and Faber, 1997), 163-64.