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Camouflage--Architecture: Testing the Architectural Application of Neil Leach’s Camouflage Theory as a Model of Place-Identity

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dc.contributor.advisor de Sylva, Shenuka McLauchlan, Ben 2012-03-14T23:44:12Z 2012-03-14T23:44:12Z 2011 2011 2011
dc.description.abstract Discussion within architectural Place–identity theory has taken a shift. It has moved toward a more fluid condition. With traditional structures of identity holding less value to society, and imagery becoming more prevalent, new models of Place–identity are necessary. This is relative to a decreasing Nationalist view point and an increasing critique of the Post–Modern. Neil Leach, through his theory Camouflage, offers a way to rethink our relationship with Place. Camouflage describes the application of aesthetics as a tool. This becomes important when it is used to form a relationship between the self and Place. The research presented here tests the architectural application of Leach’s theory. This is done by the design of a building for the International Institute of Modern Letters in New Zealand. The design is broken into four components, concentrating on four key areas of the theory. Rather than looking at the building as a whole object, the skin and the planning of the building test the concepts of the visual image and inherent engagement this calls for. The strategic idea of becoming other is studied through the design of a writer’s studio and a theatre. These ideas work together in the design of the roof as an aesthetic interface. This architectural design is critiqued against Leach’s theoretical context and the building’s environment—against Place. Camouflage architecture sees the building itself become a background element. The focus shifts toward how the users of the building might accumulate identifications through the somatic relationships that the building facilitates. The results of this application are presented as an architectural explanation of Camouflage. This is further distilled into a doctrine of Place–identity. These conclusions offer a model for the application of Camouflage architecturally. More importantly they show how this application benefits the shift in Place–identity theory and practice. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Camouflage en_NZ
dc.subject Narcissus en_NZ
dc.subject Place en_NZ
dc.title Camouflage--Architecture: Testing the Architectural Application of Neil Leach’s Camouflage Theory as a Model of Place-Identity en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 310199 Architecture and Urban Environment not Elsewhere Classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Architecture en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Architecture (Professional) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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