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N.S.I.E.: Naturally Stimulating Instinctive Exploration

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My research begins with an investigation into existing public space to reveal its appropriation and determinants to determine if the site is successful or not. These findings will inform the design research through introducing small interventions which create new site qualities.  This research aims to find what influences use and appropriation within public space. Observations of the determinants and qualities of different sites, will lead to the identification of key aspects, the discoverings will be analysed to determine what makes a public space successful or unsuccessful.  The objective is to use these discoveries to introduce a change in the design process through developing ideas that amplify the surrounding existing environment/ structures.  I aim to use designed and non-designed elements that reconfigure the way users manipulate space. I was offered an opportunity to work with a kindergarten (Awatea Kindergarten) as a case study to test my findings.  Findings from the design research highlight how the introduction of new elements into a space, can reconfigure the existing area and amplify those existing natural elements into the design.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Discipline

Landscape Architecture

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Landscape Architecture

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

Wellington School of Architecture


Martinez-Almoyna, Carles