Sculpting the landscape: a Cycad conservation centre narrated at Glen Lyon Farm, Free State
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The focus of this dissertation recognises a concern in the constituted endangerment of the South African Cycad species, where the condition of these plants has been governed by external circumstances, shaped by human and natural interventions. The research highlights a shift in the reciprocal relationship between humans and nature, where nature has become secondary to the cultural impact of developed environments. Therefore, this thesis aims to investigate the design of a Cycad conservation centre, at Glen Lyon farm, as a narrative structure functioning to form a cognitive relationship between humans and nature. The thesis further explores a meaningful architectural narrative that celebrates a character relationship between the familiar Free State landscape and unfamiliar Cycad species. The project specifically focuses on providing a facility for conservational research and implementing strategies at a national level, which, accordingly, provide a platform for public awareness and education. The investigation of the design project firstly identifies challenges, along with corresponding aims, as possible guiding solutions to the investigated project. Secondly, research methods suitable within the parameters of the topic, were conducted in the form of published literature, precedent studies, analytical sketches and conceptual models. These explorations are then further developed and applied to the proposed project, to formulate an appropriate design resolution and a reflective study, thereby communicating an analytical perception of the design process and project.