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Citation:Berlin, J. (2018). Cultured gentrification. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10652/4557
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RESEARCH QUESTION: How can architecture and its associated public open space act as a mediator between development and the existing demographic to protect and foster culture during the process of gentrification? Throughout history, gentrification has displaced culture, heritage, business and residents. One of the issues lies within architecture itself as it is the catalyst for gentrification. Architecture forms the relationship between gentrification and culture by dictating the programme, users and overall character of an area. Typically, gentrification consists of the construction of contemporary architecture with little regard for the existing character, heritage and users. Often resulting in forcing out the lower-income users like artists, long-term residents and businesses that help form the character of the area. Auckland as a rapidly growing city has numerous areas already affected or under threat from the perils of gentrification. Areas like Parnell and Ponsonby have seen their character exhausted by gentrification and areas like Onehunga, Kingsland and Karangahape Road are currently facing a similar fate. The threat for Karanghape Road is imminent. Karangahape Road is currently in a state of transition, as the area becomes chicer, interest has peaked, inherently development and rents have started to increase, beginning to displace residents and businesses with dull, standard commercial operations. This project explores using architecture and urban design as tools to mediate the relationship between gentrification and culture. First by identifying the unique qualities of Karangahape Road and their implications on the character and culture in the area, done through extensive research and analysis of the site and theory. Then formulating a design solution to protect the complex heritage and character of Karangahape Road. In an effort to highlight the unique qualities architecturally and socially the design gives subtle nods to the context and character through form, material and programme. The project focuses on forming a network of architectural, urban and landscape interventions that endeavour to insulate Karangahape Road from the perils of gentrification while accommodating for future development and fostering the unique culture within Karangahape Road. This network is situated around remodelling three key buildings, La Gonda, Flacksons and Rendells, with a series of five associated urban public space interventions.