ARCHITECTURE WITHIN THE ECOTONE: REVEALING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CITY, PEOPLE, AND WATER THROUGH THE DESIGN OF AN AQUARIUM ON HALIFAX’S WATERFRONT
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The primary area of study for this thesis is public aquarium design. Through the study of previous proposals for an aquarium in Halifax, significant aquarium facilities around the world, and the technical requirements for the re-creation of various aquatic habitats, an effective design for a Halifax aquarium can be developed. The introspective nature of major aquarium facilities often creates a significant disconnect between programmatic activities within the aquarium, and the dynamics of the building’s immediate urban context. The efficacity of exhibit design is relating content and context, allowing the visitor to become personally invested in what is being exhibited. Through an architectural design strategy that relates exhibit, building, and site, an aquarium project could serve as an effective vehicle for connecting the Halifax harbour to its dynamic waterfront and vibrant urban fabric.