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Creative Territories: Exploring Territorialisation in Shared Transient Spaces

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posted on 2021-11-23, 20:07 authored by Trewin, Jeanette

The physical spaces we occupy and inhabit are continuously changing and evolving, they are becoming increasingly transient. In response, this research is interested in learning how people occupy and inhabit transient space. Many of the spaces we occupy are affected by invisible systems controlling the amount of time we spend inside a space, and how we occupy a space. Through the study of spatial territorialisation [the creation and inhabitation of territory] this research looks at developing an understanding of behaviours and acts of territorialising in space to understand how transient space is occupied.   This research looks at tertiary students as an example of people who inhabit transient spaces. Through a series of different observational experiments, students’ territories are studied to understand how they may be created and inhabited. Different techniques such as space occupation, accumulation of objects, and comfort enhancements are some of the findings of the way people have inhabited space. This thesis is interested in using this understanding of space inhabitation, learned through the different acts of territorialising, to explore how the way we design spaces might be informed from this.   A final design strategy is proposed that uses the master’s studio at the Victoria University, Faculty of Architecture and Design as a site. The final design proposal uses research gathered through creative territory experiments by using installation as a tool for testing individual and communal responses to territorialising. The overall design strategy is a series of responses to the current acts of territorialising and spatial occupation occurring in the studio. The design encourages the good habits occurring in the studio such as leaving the studio for a break, and disrupts the less healthy habits, such as the permanent claiming of shared territory.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Interior Architecture

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Interior Architecture

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Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Architecture


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