Critical placemaking : critical regionalism in an increasingly globalised world
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Citation:Bulkeley, A. (2014). Critical place-making : critical regionalism in an increasingly globalised world. An unpublished explanatory document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional), Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/3099
Critical regionalism is a progressive approach to design that seeks to mitigate the impact of globalisation on regional identity. It is a strategy used to intercede between the global and local languages of architecture. “Ten Points on an Architecture of Regionalism: A Provisional Polemic,” by Kenneth Frampton formed a key theoretical framework for this project, for which design resolutions were ultimately sought. The central idea was to apply the theories of critical regionalism to the architecture of an international airport terminal so as to develop an iconic place-maker, where travellers share an experience of place and a sense of belonging. It was important to understand the operational exercises that define an airport and, concurrently, its critical role in today’s globalised society. Further exploration sought to understand and define what it is today to be a New Zealander and how these cultural characteristics can be applied to an airport typology. It was important to ensure these elucidations exposed tradition grounded within reality and not nostalgic illumination, and finally, that regionalism becomes embedded in a self-conscious, yet global system of physical, social, ecological and cultural synergies. Site: Auckland Airport (Mangere)