Embedding Digital Technology into Contemporary Māori and Pasifika Architectural Practise.

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    Kaufusi, Rick
    Patel, Yusef
    Potauaine, Semisi
    Alexander-Tuinukuafe, Rameka
    2020 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Design Thinking and Innovation


The research paper will review how designers and architects can utilise digital technology to produce culturally respectful Māori and Pasifika architectural outputs within a contemporary landscape. The purpose of the research is to determine how digital fabrication technology can embody the same mana found within traditional design thinking and making process. The research will firstly aim to understand what social customs must be retained to ensure the design outcome are culturally appropriate. The second aim of the research is to determine what traditional building and artisan crafts must be employed in the fabrication process. The method will predominantly a review of various forms of literature, recorded interviews and case studies where possible. Three generations of Māori and Pasifika architectural practise having been selected for this review to ensure a large and diverse cultural representation are analysed. The research findings have indicated there are a large number of approaches to producing contemporary digital architecture. While some approaches ensure traditional craftsman are involved throughout the design and fabrication process, other designers opt to engage with modern craftsman with the blessing of the community. The value of this research is important, as it will serve as a mechanism to understand the conflicts between tradition and technological progress. Although it is essential to preserve cultural skill, expertise and craft, it is equally crucial to innovate technologically. The research goal is to enable digital architecture that can spiritually resonate mana and respect to ancestors of Māori and Pasifika culture.

Keywords: indigenous architecture; digital technologies; culture.


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