Rethinking the Apia waterfront : a masterplan and educational facility for the waterfront in Apia, Samoa.
Keay, Jean Marilyn
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Citation:Keay, J. M. (2014). Rethinking the Apia waterfront : a masterplan and educational facility for the waterfront in Apia, Samoa. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture Professional, Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2535
Many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) often rely heavily on tourism for their economies to prosper, and Samoa is no exception. The challenge is to balance the needs and desires of tourists against those of the residents and the environment. Environmental quality is a leading draw card for tourists, and is also essential in order for residents to maintain a living off the land. However, these activities in themselves are often at loggerheads with the needs of the environment itself. Climate change and urban development add to the challenges already being faced, with water quality and supply an important issue. The purpose of this research project is to propose a way in which educating visitors and residents on the fragility of local ecosystems might both assist the local economy and ensure that Samoa’s pristine environment can be enjoyed for generations to come. It proposes gentle urban development interventions, targeted at residents and tourists alike, and proposes an education centre in the heart of Apia with the aim of making that education accessible to as many as possible. Project site for the Environmental Education Centre is Beach Road, Apia.