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A Place to Navigate With / In: Negotiation of Architecture and Urban Environments in Aotearoa New Zealand

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dc.rights.license Author Retains All Rights en_NZ
dc.contributor.advisor Southcombe, Mark
dc.contributor.author Denton, Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-04T19:54:23Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T20:07:35Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-04T19:54:23Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T20:07:35Z
dc.date.copyright 2016
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/30025
dc.description.abstract What might our urban environments look like when designed in a partnership between tangata whenua 'people of the land' and tangata Tiriti 'people of the Treaty'? This question responded to criticism that contemporary urban environments in Aotearoa New Zealand remain as either European colonial or western constructions that give little recognition to Māori spatial narratives that inhabit and imbue these places. Of critical importance to how these future environments are constructed, it is argued that both design processes as well as their outcomes must be explored, in an ongoing negotiation with mana whenua. As historic Treaty grievances are settled, this thesis was inspired to look towards the possibility of a future urban partnership. Specifically, this thesis asked: 'how can architecture and its practices support an equitable negotiation of the design of urban environments in Aotearoa New Zealand, between tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti, and specifically, mana whenua and myself as Pākehā?' This thesis drew on fields of research and practice that address different parts of this question, defined as ‘research at the interface’ and ‘spatial agency.’ These fields investigate the negotiation of different systems of knowledge at the interface between settler and indigenous peoples, and methodologies for deconstructing traditional relationships between architecture and the communities and environments it is within. At their intersection, this thesis proposed a ‘place to navigate with / in,’ being a place of negotiation both with and in the environment, and where navigation was used to capture the intentions of the negotiation; asking ‘where are we now, and where are we going next?’ The researched developed in three phases, where transformational shifts of methodology and context occurred during critical reflection following each design phase. The conclusion of this research discovered that the very systems of knowledge of the designer must be themselves deconstructed and transformed in a design negotiation 'at the interface'. This discovery was also an opportunity; to develop a new perspective of how an ‘epistemological bridge’ may be constructed between worlds, of Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā, as a pathway of an 'allied other' leading towards a negotiated meeting place. The designed outcome of this research was thus both a proposed series of interventions as a 'place to navigate' with and in an environment, and a methodology for their construction, forming a new pathway to - and spatial narrative of - this place. en_NZ
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dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Access is restricted to staff and students only. For information please contact the Library. en_NZ
dc.subject Negotiated Space en_NZ
dc.subject Te Tiriti o Waitangi mi
dc.subject Tikanga Pākehā mi
dc.title A Place to Navigate With / In: Negotiation of Architecture and Urban Environments in Aotearoa New Zealand en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
dc.date.updated 2016-11-15T23:50:35Z
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120101 Architectural Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Architecture (Professional) en_NZ

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