Kainga–a look at primitive and vernacular habitation of Aotearoa and abroad for future urban responses to climate change.
Contemporary in-fill and greenfield urban development demands mitigation through progressively complex engineering feats. The engineering resulting from this mitigation method includes construction techniques that generate copious emissions. This thesis researches vernacular building techniques and ways of living, primarily the concept of impermanence, providing an alternative to the contemporary that is equally livable, maintainable, and effective.
Vernacular methods native to Aotearoa and other Oceanic climates (Köppen classification) were researched and implemented through a series of provoking past and present collages, and finally, a more defined proposal of a “New” settlement at Pourewa Reserve (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei land) in Ōrakei, Auckland.