Modular DIY architecture : how might a modular building block system be created to satisfy regulatory requirements for the revival of do it yourself to New Zealand architecture?
Citation:Howat, P. (2015). Modular DIY architecture : how might a modular building block system be created to satisfy regulatory requirements for the revival of do it yourself to New Zealand architecture? An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture Professional from Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3113
The aim of this design project is to investigate and develop an architectural modular system that can give an individual the ability to alter or extend his or hers own built environment. This system must consider a variety of possible user groups and their different building abilities. Thought will also be given to keeping the construction process as simple as possible, through consideration of current architectural detailing. The resulting modular system will also incorporate elements of sustainability, as the intention is to create a system that does not add to the waste stream generated by the construction and demolition industry, but in fact to remove waste. The finished component will be used in many situations, giving its application flexibility. The basic “block” will be available to anyone to build anything from a structural wall to a garden shed, its simplicity will be its strength. To have a modular system that is not only constructible, but also de-constructible, will have further uses, especially with the likes of disaster relief and war-torn areas. Creating an object that has many uses and applications will also see a decrease in waste within the construction industry Project site: Muriwai Beach (north-west of Auckland)