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Good Mourning, L.O.G.A.N.

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It has been suggested that the practice and expression of grief may manifest differently across cultures and among individuals (Stroebe, Gergen & Stroebe). Despite the assumption that grief is a universal experience, varying symptomatologies and ways of coping can be seen throughout different cultural groups. Therefore, it is important to consider the influence of cultural norms, values and expectations when examining the practice and expression of grief.

In Samoan cultures, the approach to grief resolution vastly differs from the clinical approach of severing ties with the deceased. Rather, Samoan mourning patterns strongly advocate for continued connections with the beloved that has passed. To honour the deceased, many Samoan communities take a collective responsibility to ensure the farewell is a meaningful event, as everyone works together to make it a memorable experience.

The aim of this research is to create a design framework through a Pasifika lens in order to design spaces that is sympathetic to the physical and emotional needs of those who have experienced bereavement. It seeks to provide a space of solace and comfort for those who feel disconnected from the world as it continues to move forward without the deceased. This architecture is intended to be a refuge for those who are grieving, allowing them to process their emotions in a safe and supportive environment.

L.O.G.A.N. examines the various stages of grief and the potential therapeutic benefits of incorporating the ritual of making a cup of coffee and the Samoan concept of Le va into the healing process. The investigation is conducted within the framework of established artistic practice and theory.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Architecture (Professional)

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211299 Pacific Peoples heritage and culture not elsewhere classified

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4 Experimental research

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Victoria University of Wellington School

Wellington School of Architecture


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