Emily Zheng

MArch Prof and Masters of Urban Design
University of Auckland
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Project Title
Flexible lantern
This project sheds light on the importance of belonging spaces within a park. Following MUF Architectures' bottom-up methodology it is clear that Ponsonby needed a belonging space outside of their home. Activities often occur hidden behind barriers which result in a disconnection between the two groups (public and private). Interestingly, the veranda is where you start to see the filter between the two conditions. My proposition envisions a park as a village for groups to congregate and to feel part of a wider community. The Samoan village is a great example; the families link to the village giving them a sense of belonging to a larger entity. It is only when we see all the community groups (University of Third Age, church groups, mother groups) that we realise we all belong to the same village. “It takes many houses to make a village”. With each "house" having the capability to be modified by its members to adjust the degree to which it shares its activities with, and invite participation from the wider village.
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