The water line : research into the peculiar place of the Namib Desert coast

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Coetzer, Nic en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Silverman, Melinda en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Pineo, Sarah en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-15T10:21:56Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-15T10:21:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Pineo, S. 2014. The water line : research into the peculiar place of the Namib Desert coast. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13964
dc.description.abstract This dissertation began as a study of a portion of the coastal Namib Desert that I am particularly inspired by and with which I formed a personal connection over the course of many childhood coastal excursions. From these studies a site within the salt pan mine concession outside of Swakopmund was chosen. Stretching from the ocean to the edge of an existing naturalindustrial salt pan, this site becomes the location for my architectural intervention, the Water Line. This intervention is a testing space for a small scale solar desalination and fog catching system that services a hydrology research center base, as well as attempting to incorporate a more public exposure to this form of technology and the water resource potential it provides. Before design within this landscape could be considered, both a more poetic and pragmatic understanding of this peculiar place and its extreme conditions was necessary. In considering the landscape and celebrating the natural-human idiosyncrasies of this particular landscape, and a specific site within it, the hope of invoking and advocating for the singularity of local phenomena is attempted through design. Throughout this dissertation the understanding of context and character of place was viewed as a means by which the architectural possibilities of the intricacies, peculiarities and experience of a space and landscape could be questioned. It was, and remains, a journey of discovery and understanding of place. The intention of this document is to highlight the many aspects of the environment; from historical, human and biological interrogations to its experiential and functional clues. Understanding context and landscape through multiple layers and scales is vital in this space of eternal contrasts. It is in a sense the only way to obtain a greater understanding of "sitedness" of this project. The existing responses to environment and place-making within this context also provide clues to how to capture a unique response to the singularities of this space, without succumbing to the ease of uniformity. Within this understanding is the theoretical questioning of what the architecture of this space could become. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Architecture, Planning and Geomatics en_ZA
dc.title The water line : research into the peculiar place of the Namib Desert coast en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MArch (Professional) en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Pineo, S. (2014). <i>The water line : research into the peculiar place of the Namib Desert coast</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13964 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Pineo, Sarah. <i>"The water line : research into the peculiar place of the Namib Desert coast."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13964 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Pineo S. The water line : research into the peculiar place of the Namib Desert coast. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2014 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13964 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Pineo, Sarah AB - This dissertation began as a study of a portion of the coastal Namib Desert that I am particularly inspired by and with which I formed a personal connection over the course of many childhood coastal excursions. From these studies a site within the salt pan mine concession outside of Swakopmund was chosen. Stretching from the ocean to the edge of an existing naturalindustrial salt pan, this site becomes the location for my architectural intervention, the Water Line. This intervention is a testing space for a small scale solar desalination and fog catching system that services a hydrology research center base, as well as attempting to incorporate a more public exposure to this form of technology and the water resource potential it provides. Before design within this landscape could be considered, both a more poetic and pragmatic understanding of this peculiar place and its extreme conditions was necessary. In considering the landscape and celebrating the natural-human idiosyncrasies of this particular landscape, and a specific site within it, the hope of invoking and advocating for the singularity of local phenomena is attempted through design. Throughout this dissertation the understanding of context and character of place was viewed as a means by which the architectural possibilities of the intricacies, peculiarities and experience of a space and landscape could be questioned. It was, and remains, a journey of discovery and understanding of place. The intention of this document is to highlight the many aspects of the environment; from historical, human and biological interrogations to its experiential and functional clues. Understanding context and landscape through multiple layers and scales is vital in this space of eternal contrasts. It is in a sense the only way to obtain a greater understanding of "sitedness" of this project. The existing responses to environment and place-making within this context also provide clues to how to capture a unique response to the singularities of this space, without succumbing to the ease of uniformity. Within this understanding is the theoretical questioning of what the architecture of this space could become. DA - 2014 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2014 T1 - The water line : research into the peculiar place of the Namib Desert coast TI - The water line : research into the peculiar place of the Namib Desert coast UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13964 ER - en_ZA


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