Our place: Public + private balance in a state housing community
Government owned housing in New Zealand is moving towards a model of privatisation. This can limit the opportunities found in the semi-public space for neighbours to meet and interact. Without these human interactions, a housing complex loses that which makes it a community. By restructuring the site to facilitate social interaction, this thesis aims to focus the space between buildings towards communal living, through an exploration of the public private interface in council housing complex, Arlington Apartments, in Wellington, New Zealand. This project will develop the balance in which residents can share space with their neighbours, by re-zoning current ambiguous space to be communal to a smaller group, in order to give tenants an opportunity to appropriate their living environment.