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Biculturalism and Community: A Transformative Model for Design Education

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In February 1991 I published the attached paper: Biculturalism and Community: A Transformative Model for Design Education in the (US) Journal of Architectural Education (Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 90-109). It was a description of a project carried out in my Community Design Studio at the University of Auckland School of Architecture. The project involved an action-research study of the small town of Whakatane (pop. 15,000) in the Bay of Plenty (where I have lived since 2000). What distinguished this project was the fact that the class was required to mediate between the often conflicting interests of the Maori community and Pakeha (white) town Council which had a long history of abuse, displacement and racism. This piece tells how the students successfully negotiated that role and in the process helped to transform the town and the cultural relations of its citizens. The piece also draws wide-ranging conclusions about the role of professionals in a postcolonial world, and the important issues raised by Postmodern theories that were emerging at that time.

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A more recent retrospective and fully illustrated and related PDF that discusses the aftermath of this study can be found here


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