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Citation:Watson, K. (2012). Urbane graffiti. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2304
RESEARCH QUESTIONS: How can architects provide design solutions for urban areas in need of revitalisation? What architectural strategies can be utilised in order to enhance urban areas in need of revitalisation? This research project will explore a site in need of urban revitalisation, analyse the existing buildings on the site, and design an architectural strategy for the regeneration of the area. I will explore architecture that occupies, exists and builds upon existing urban conditions, but also look at new strategies that may replace the existing. The project will look at the multitude of options for the common urban problem of what to do with dilapidated, run-down buildings in the city centre. SITE: Yates Building, is, infamously, Auckland’s most graffitti’d building. This site is in a prime location, within minutes of Britomart (the Auckland central train station), and on Albert Street which runs parallel to Queen Street, Auckland CBD’s main commercial road. There are actually three buildings on the site:The Yates Building (part of which is known as Challenge House), the Food Alley building and Link House.