Design guidelines for vernacular architecture and built form characteristics: Hopkins, Belize
Lucas, Darren Thomas
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This Major Project explores the intersection between the impacts of climate change on a coastal community and perceptions of vernacular architecture that represent the unique characteristics of a place. The study employs a variety of research strategies including in-depth interviews, a literature review, photographic documentation, community mapping exercises, and qualitative observations in order to establish what a sense of place means for the people of Hopkins, Belize. Once identified, these attributes were used as a springboard to develop design guidelines and a set of recommendations for Hopkins that illustrate the town’s built form characteristics. These guidelines are recommended to become integral to a Disaster Management and Redevelopment Plan for the community. It is hoped that the results of this research will be inspirational to the residents of Hopkins, and transferable to other communities in coastal areas threatened by the impacts of climate change.