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SUPER-PACIFIC-CITY: The Lomipeau Speculation

Part 2 Project 2015
Norman Ning Wei
University of Auckland Auckland New Zealand
This project celebrates an architectural language that is unsung and neglected in our utilitarian society: The Pacific Architecture.

The essence of Pacific architecture is characterised by a strong contrasting tectonic language. Pacific architecture has traditionally accommodated movements in its structures. In this way its construction tends to form flexible rather than rigid structures; it is also characteristically renewable, thereby challenging the monumentality of much continental architecture. Potentially, architectonics and construction system from the Pacific could be more practically developed, and utilised to accommodate a “contemporary Pacific way of living”, that is alternative to the existing post-colonial environment of the Pacific cities.

The project therefore Imagines a scenario in which an autonomous district at Rangitaiki Plain has been reserved for the formation of a research-based city: [Pacific Autonomous District of Lomipeau]. It utilises experimental making as a means to use traditional Pacific architectural syntax to develop a tectonics system that is responsive to the challenging future of the Pacific. Lomipeau, a giant canoe-like structure derived from Togan mythology, serves as a mobile part of the city. It functions as a moving making ground that travels across the Pacific, linking Pacific settlements as a holistic entity.

Norman Ning Wei


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