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Title: Connecting architecture and nature at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area
Authors: Dipsell, Matthew
Keywords: architecture;environmentalism;sustainability;system thinking;conservation area;design guidelines;nested scales;sequence / discovery
Issue Date: 9-Apr-2019
Abstract: This thesis explores how a matrix of architectural interventions at a variety of nested scales can elaborate on existing site conditions and integrate nature to mitigate their impact on a protected ecological landscape. The Nickel District Conservation Authority is the governing body that oversees all activities and projects within the 9.5 square kilometers of the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury, Ontario. Through extensive empirical site research and documentation of ecological and human elements within this site, a network of systems was analyzed. It was found that a number of existing interventions such as benches, bridges and stairs were designed and fabricated to serve a functional and practical purpose without incorporating the characteristics of their natural surroundings. Thus, a set of design guidelines have been developed and tested through potential architectural interventions that include a pavilion, a lookout and a bench. These interventions are located at various regions of the site and demonstrate how architecture can mitigate its impact on nature so the two can co-exist in a symbiotic manner.
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