Thesis / Dissertation

Making Civic Space: A Comparative Study of Civic Space Design in the Contemporary Settler Societies of Australia and New Zealand

Fiona Claire Johnson, Jillian Walliss (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

Designers in settler colonial cities around the world are being asked to respond to the demands of decolonisation as nations increasingly acknowledge their ethical obligations to redress colonialism. This thesis explores the state of decolonising practice in design through the lens of civic space in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, as compared through two exemplary projects - Adelaide’s Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga and Wellington’s Waterfront. The politics of settler nations are intrinsically spatial, as legislative and symbolic processes of sovereignty negotiate territory. Traversing conflicting layers of history in the spatial present is very complex, as physical ecologies and topogra..

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