Dead reckoning : curating the currents of Oceania on a journey towards rediscovery
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Citation:Posala, C. (2018). Dead reckoning: Curating the currents of Oceania on a journey towards rediscovery. Explanatory document. A unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Architecture Professional. Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/4511
RESEARCH QUESTION: How might we elevate our understanding of indigenous cultures through refining an architectural artefact in a progressive society? Identifying the scope and addressing the limitations of this research project is particularly pertinent. This project places an emphasis on recording existing indigenous knowledge and finding ways to use it in a contemporary setting. Due to the nature of oral traditions, the recording of all existing narratives is not achievable within the scope of this work. It is also not possible for a single architectural intervention to provide solutions for all the problems faced by the indigenous culture. Therefore, the focus is placed on empowering people to undertake this work for future generations. The final design outcome will provide an opportunity for people to archive, analyse and advance indigenous knowledge. This places responsibility on the user group to be active participants in restoring their indigenous legacy and enables them to generate solutions to their current and future needs as they see appropriate. [...] This site also creates an opportunity for a water taxi in the Apia Water Front Development Plan. This project proposes that a water taxi is utilised with aims to re-introduce traditional sea craft to transport users to and from various waterfront locations. This initiative has been pursued by the Okeanos Foundation. The water taxi will retain three distribution points along the spline to create a range of experiential possibilities.