October 24, 2018
Māori design principles taking off
The winner of an architecture writing competition says Māori architecture is starting to blossom.
Whangarei-based architecture graduate Jade Kake from Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, and Whakatōhea won the open category of this year's Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing.
She says barriers which prevented Māori developing their whenua are starting to erode.
There is also increasing interest and acceptance from the architecture profession, local and even central government of Māori ways of doing things.
"There’s been just an incredible amount of interest in the work we have done with the Te Aranga urban design principles and that is spreading all across the country, getting written into policy documents, getting adopted by iwi hapū who are finally getting a seat at the decision making table and we have even had interest as far afield as Canada and the United States so it has been quite a big shift," she says.
As well as working with Māori organisations on marae, papakainga and civic projects, Jade Kake does a podcast called Indigenous Urbanism.
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