Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre
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Citation:Thammavongsa, N. (2009). Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. An explanatory document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional), Unitec New Zealand, Auckland New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/1380
RESEARCH QUESTION: What are the architectural issues in the design of a refugee centre and how can they be addressed? In New Zealand there is no purpose built Refugee Resettlement Centre. Despite the complex requirements of a refugee centre, the current facility is a relatively unmodified former New Zealand army base in Mangere, South Auckland. I intend to investigate the architectural issues in the design of a refugee centre and how they can be addressed. The humanitarian dimension of the refugee problem and the complex pragmatic and programmatic nature of their reception and care requires a contemporary architectural solution; a centre where quota refugees are comfortable and safe during their initial stages of arrival in New Zealand, with suitable buildings for orientation programmes, individual autonomy and social gathering.