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dc.contributor.authorLaubscher, Torben
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTION: How can timber technologies, complemented by digital design processes be exploited to enhance architectural design and express contextual relationships? ABSTRACT: The rise of digital technologies has created a profound effect on the built environment, providing a powerful extension to prefabricated construction. For centuries the architect was responsible for both design and expertise in various construction techniques while also coordinating the construction process. This relationship to material, technique and process has become increasingly lost throughout architectural discourse; digital technologies now offer a direct link between the design and construction, expanding the role of the modern-day architect. Digital technologies have been criticised for generating uncontrolled and meaningless architecture; this project aims to formulate a case for the opposite projection. The rise of digital culture has provided a unique platform for cultural and contextual expression. To support this argument, the study herewith draws upon architectural theory regarding the use of digital technologies and ornamental expression, arguing for its presence. This project investigates the current methods of digital fabrication and associated software technology used in architecture through a contextual lens. This project explores how Computer- aided design (CAD) and Computer-aided machining (CAM) technologies can be exploited to enhance architecture and cultural identity in the digital age. This proposed design project is based in Rotorua. This region embodies a unique connection to wood through its people and traditional crafts. The research around digital technologies has been centred around the use of engineered timber products, producing building components that complement the wood first policy adopted by Rotorua. A proposed waterfront development concept designed by Wraights and Associates has provided the design framework and parameters for this project. This waterfront development has highlighted the need to replace an existing concert hall/ event space that has been demolished. This site provides unique opportunities to investigate the exploitation of digital technologies and their potential to enhance cultural expression.en_NZ
dc.subjectRotorua, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectwaterfront developmenten_NZ
dc.subjectHinemoa Pier (proposed development), (Rotorua, New Zealand)en_NZ
dc.subjectTutanekai Sqaure (proposed development), (Rotorua, New Zealand)en_NZ
dc.subjectwood in architectureen_NZ
dc.subjectMāori architectureen_NZ
dc.subjecttukutuku panelsen_NZ
dc.subjectMāori carvingen_NZ
dc.subjectCAD/CAM Systemsen_NZ
dc.subjecttimber technologyen_NZ
dc.titleBeneath the surfaceen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ of Architecture (Professional)en_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120202 Building Science and Techniquesen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden091001 CAD/CAM Systemsen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120101 Architectural Designen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationLaubscher, T. (2019). Beneath the surface (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
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuHoahoanga whareen_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalMurphy, Chris
unitec.advisor.associatedPatel, Yusef

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