Waitemata green : changing the public acceptance of sustainability
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Citation:Chan, G. (2016).Waitemata green: Changing the public acceptance of sustainability (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)).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/10652/4663
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RESEARCH QUESTION: How can the public acceptance of sustainability be changed through using principles of hedonistic sustainability in establishing a hybrid urban farm as a dynamic public destination for Auckland? ABSTRACT: Public awareness of environmental sustainability has increased since the late twentieth century when it was recognised that the substantial deterioration of natural resources and the environment was a serious concern. Awareness, however, must develop towards acceptance, requiring a vital paradigm shift to make substantive progress. Sustainable development has made significant advances since the onset of environmental activism and the introduction of early, rudimentary sustainable options and costly eco-friendly products, yet ‘sustainability’ is still mentally associated with the need for compromise. It has become apparent that people may only accept a sustainable alternative if it is easy, affordable and attractive. To act as a catalyst for changing the public acceptance of sustainability, this research project proposes to implement Hedonistic Sustainability, creating a ‘Bio Park’ as a hybrid urban farm and public entertainment destination, encouraging the public into a positive relationship with their environment, and in turn sustainable development. This project will explore how education and entertainment can be combined in a playful manner for the public to experience a functioning urban farm as an exciting, contemporary destination, ultimately aiming to inspire people to view sustainable development in an appealing and positive light.