Critical Decolonisation: The Whakatane Study
Ngati Awa tribal members discuss the desecration of their sacred sites
This 33 page account of the plans to revitalise the small Bay of Plenty town of Whakatane in New Zealand highlights the struggle of indigenous peoples in a post-colonial setting, to have a voice in the preservation and reinstatement of their own landscape and sacred sites. It charts the process of the Community Design Studio in attempting to bring the people of the town together (both Maori and non-Maori) to confront its colonial history, to desist from cultural imposition and to move forwards together in creating an economically, spiritually and biculturally sustainable town plan. See also: Critical Biculturalism: Postmodern Design.
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An earlier version of this PDF was published as an award-winning article in the Journal of Architectural Education in the United States. See:"Biculturalism and Community: A Transformative Model for Design Education", in: Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 44, No. 2, 1990.
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