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Multicultural Community Park

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Current collaborative design research does not attempt to address the power imbalance and ethical approach with different minority groups in New Zealand therefore the results of the process are often inconsistent. The existing system that is in place is only a set of guidelines that can be utilized when dealing with collaborative involvement however the open nature of the types of involvement and the use of token involvement is often applied as it is often easier to conceptualize the design and please the shareholders without constraints. This can often lead to the community feeling ignored and the iwi to feel underappreciated when the concept is not reminiscent of the final product leading to a loss in political influence and mana therefore, lowering the sense of community and place.

A focus on the place identity with respect to the influences within individuals will help give the designer an idea about the type of experience and connections that are important to the different cultures therefore the answers will be more holistic and can be interpreted without creating too many constraints within the design process. Since there are different cultural views and values present between the ethnic groups in New Zealand there needs to be a singular collaboration process to highlight the cultural differences. The goal of this thesis is to provide a framework that can be utilized when dealing with different ethnic groups within the development stage and how to combine these contradicting worldviews and values within the spatial arrangement of a community park that is recognizable to the existing community.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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CC BY 4.0

Degree Discipline

Landscape Architecture

Degree Grantor

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Degree Level


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture

ANZSRC Socio-Economic Outcome code

130603 Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

3 Applied research

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



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Alternative Title

Design Guidelines for Collaborative Design

Victoria University of Wellington School

Wellington School of Architecture


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