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Interior Infill - Urban Development Guide

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This design research portfolio examines how interior architectural strategies might increase residential density through the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. The research aim is consistent with the Wellington City Council (WWC) urban development guide; with a projected Wellington population increase of around 45,000 by 2043. Such an increase justifies the research of strategies for increasing the density of residential areas. The urban development guide also outlines the projected population growth in specific areas of priority in Wellington (see numbers below). The overarching tone and message of the guide is consistent with The Atlantic’ s understanding that “reasons for preserving our existing building stock aren’t strictly cultural and sentimental; preservation should be understood as a land-use and economic tool that can be used to build denser, more attractive cities”. The main focus of the research is therefore to use interior architecture to produce a ‘liveable’ and ‘compact’ city, including how interior architecture could protect and enhance the special character of the inner city suburbs (a desire of the WCC)


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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 Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Architecture


McCarthy, Christine