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Architecture for Edgewalkers

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‘Diversity’ and ‘Inclusion’ are keywords that are becoming more prevalent in architectural discourse, including a return to a discussion of, otherness. ‘Otherness’ is a sense of being different from normative ideals – people who are defined as ‘other’ are also called edge walkers. In this sense, in the opening up of discursive boundaries, by pushing cultural limits, Edgewalkers are described as “cultural brokers” who contribute towards shaping “new ethnicities in the New Zealand context” (Fleras, Spoonley, 1999, 214). Moreover, within architecture, there has been a shift to consider the conditions and support that can be provided for diversity (RIBA, n.d). Within this context, this proposal explores how architecture can be designed for Edgewalkers. The research will be carried out through a design-led research methodology. This methodological framework follows Jane Rendell and Peter Downton; the thesis which pursue an iterative approach of exploration, which is then reflected on. Key methods of the thesis will include, drawing, modelling, digital processing, photography, filming and collaging will be used as a method to abstract and extract qualities of the site. The thesis will explore the research question through three different architectural scales. The first phase of the project will produce an installation, second and third phase will produce a public building each which will be a response to the research question. To conclude, this thesis demonstrates how different spatial strategies encourage people to feel like they belong and are safe.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Architecture (Professional)

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959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified

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Awarded Research Masters Thesis



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Foregrounding the Body

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Smitheram, Jan