Street Design in a Different Cultural Context: The Case of Great South Road in Auckland, New Zealand

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    Lesan, Maryam
    Gjerde, Morten
    2020 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Practice Based & Interdisciplinary Design & Research


Despite its bi-cultural history of New Zealand, it is largely European preferences that have shaped the public spaces. However, with immigration and travel, the country is rapidly becoming multi-cultural. Pasifika people and Asians now comprise larger proportions of the population alongside those who identify as Māori and European. If public spaces are to respond to these changing demographics, there is little empirical evidence to help urban designers and public space managers achieve this. Using field observations and interviews, this paper examines Great South Road (a Polynesian shopping district) in South Auckland. The research identifies characteristics that support people’s stationary and social activities along the street. The findings will be of interest to other researchers, urban practitioners and city officials.

Keywords: Street design, Polynesian people, Great South Road, cultural contexts.


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