Penny Allan landscape architect/practicing

Research at the interface. MAI Journal 2013


If we accept the claim that a country’s landscape is a reflection of its culture (Lewis, 1979), we may also have to accept that the designed landscapes and public spaces of Aotearoa NewZealand do not often adequately reflect its status as a bi- cultural nation. There seems to be relatively little evidence of a “sharing or blending of two cultures on more or less equal terms” (McKay, as cited in Memmott & Davidson, 2008, p. 98). Such a sharing, on “equal terms”, requires an intensity of cultural exchange that is often difficult to achieve, despite this country’s bi- cultural status. What we typically see in our public spaces is a design default to a narrow number of archetypes and symbols typically expressed as standard forms and surface patterning…read more

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