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Everything But the Building, Project Organisation, First Light House, Solar Decathlon, 2011

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This thesis is a reflection on Victoria University and New Zealand’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011, First Light. Beginning with a proposal in November 2009, the project team would spend the next 24 months developing the response. Through the use of organisational charts and discussion this thesis details and documents the complex development that occurred in the project structure across 24 months that encompassed the project entry through to the final competition in Washington D.C., identifying and highlighting the challenges faced by the project team and how the team responded. Also highlighting the success the team had outside of the built form, documenting achievements in the Communications, Public Relations and Sponsorship. In doing so this thesis provides a record of achievement and provides a road map and precedent for future endeavors of this nature.


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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

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Vale, Robert