Adapation, accretion and architecture : a proposal for the island of Funafuti
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Citation:Pearce, J. (2013). Adapation, accretion and architecture : a proposal for the island of Funafuti. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture Professional, Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/2466
The climate is shifting and this shift brings with it a number of effects. Perhaps the most devastating of these effects is sea level rise and its impact on low-lying island nations. One of these nations: Tuvalu, may have to face the very real possibility of mass migration as the situation progresses. But Tuvaluans do not want to abandon their homeland; to do so would be to abandon their cultural identity. This research project explores an alternative to mass migration, an architectural solution that addresses current and future challenges, improves self-sufficiency, and strengthens cultural identity. This solution revolves around integrating traditional Pacific Island design principles with a number of contemporary strategies and technologies. The result draws upon the past and the future in order to tackle the problems of the present. Project site: Vaiaku area of Funafuti, Tokelau