September 01, 2021
Kake prize to build on Thompson legacy
Architectural designer Jade Kake has won $25,000 to complete her manuscript on the legacy of the late Māori architect Rewi Thompson.
The award is granted annually by Copyright Licensing New Zealand and the New Zealand Society of Authors.
Working with Jeremy Hansen, Kake’s book will focus in on some of Thompson's most memorable projects, from his own home in Kohimarama to the Anawhata studio he designed for world-renowned artist Katharina Grosse.
She says Thompson applied Māori design principles to prisons and social housing projects such as an urban papakāinga at Wiri in the belief that architecture could return a sense of well-being and belonging to people estranged by colonialism.
He also created designs for the Mason Clinic, a forensic psychiatric facility, and Ngāwhā Prison to prove his theory architecture could heal the wairua and mauri of people broken by their circumstances.
Selection panel members said the application stood out among a very strong field, showing a breadth of vision and insight that takes the project beyond a narrow look at Thompson's work and into a more wide-ranging look at Māori architecture, art, and education.
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