Volcanic urbanism : an investigation into the role of public open spaces as disaster relief areas in order to make a city more resilient.
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Citation:Gao, Y. (2015). Volcanic urbanism : an investigation into the role of public open spaces as disaster relief areas in order to make a city more resilient. Unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Landscape Architecture at Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/3251
This research project explores ways to utilise public open spaces to be part of resilient framework in Auckland in the event of a volcanic eruption and the likely subsequent secondary disasters (such as earthquakes and tsunami). This research employed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and consists of two parts: (1) identification of public open spaces that are suitable as natural disaster evacuation sites in Auckland Region, and (2) development of a design strategy or a model of multifunctional park that can serve as an evacuation zone or be part of evacuation routes. Findings from this research may also be applicable to other places that have high risks of disasters. The concept of a multifunctional park is to enable an open to be used for daily non-emergency programmes as well as emergency response programmes during a disaster situation, to make a city more resilient and prepared for the natural disasters. Project site: Cornwall Park (Epsom, Auckland)