The tipping point : how does the architect leverage informal and formal space to better support music cultural production in Auckland?
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Citation:Goddard, S. (2016). The tipping point: How does the architect leverage informal and formal space to better support music cultural production in Auckland? An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Architecture Professional.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/10652/4297
This project will propose bottom-up testing grounds for creative exchange and opportunity starting by empowering individuals at local level. As architects we have a responsibility to support the diverse spectrum of individuals that make up our communities. The behaviours of culture, public space and individual expression are all fundamental components of an interconnected network that define our cities. By re-aligning the relationship between the behaviour of culture and the behaviour of public space the architect can better support individual expression. The predominant model of homogenised public space in cities does not acknowledge the inherent heterogeneity of the individual(s) that occupy them. Therefore, the public realm has a tendency to manifest into exclusionary space, marginalising many important communities within the city. If we are to help propel the regenerative cycle of culture then we must create inclusionary urban platforms for creative exchange. Architects are agents of social change, so therefore we must act. We cannot continue to watch by as our public spaces fall victim to the controlling agendas of city authorities. The city is comprised of a mosaic of different cultures, and therefore we must embrace diversity by facilitating the exchange of ideas, social behaviours, values and artefacts between individuals. If the current condition of public space does not function appropriately, then we have a duty to experiment and test alternative design frameworks. The city needs urban culture, and therefore responsive cultural infrastructure must be in place to support the changing needs of the individual. The project focuses upon the architect’s ability to leverage informal (opportunity) and formal (defined) space to better respond to the heterogeneity of our communities. The intention of this project is to design community based music facilities that promote music culture production. The key premise for this proposal is the notion of one site, split over two locations: Eden Terrace and Otara. These testing ground(s) have been selected in order to facilitate the re-connection of south Auckland musicianship to music cultural activity happening within the city centre. Music culture is used as a vehicle for social change. If we hope to support the production of culture, with the hope of new things being created, cross-pollination of ideas between varied individuals must occur. By connecting two disparate locations in Auckland, we can enable interaction. This exposure of different ethnic groups to each other helps to break down barriers of prejudice. The key concern is how can we establish integration between the largely different groups of people from Eden Terrace and Otara, whilst still preserving their own individual identity. It’s about acknowledging the importance of heterogeneity within our city while realising the potential that layering of different cultures holds.