Cultural diversity: Interaction in the public realm
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Citation:Singh, K. (2009). Cultural diversity: Interaction in the public realm. An explanatory document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional), Unitec New Zealand, Auckland New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/1401
RESEARCH QUESTION: Can architectural design and research enhance the intersection of diverse culture within public buildings and spaces, and improve the existing benefits of social exchange within diverse communities? This research is premised on the understanding that there is definitely an architectural problem, the lack of socially cohesive public space to accommodate the diverse cultures in Auckland. The research sets out to refine this problem into an architectural question that will aid in design decisions regarding the architectural solution. This research aims to explore the cultural diversity of the Auckland region (predominantly South Auckland communities) and to consider the role architecture plays in cultural intersection. The proposition is that the built environment does not adequately reflect the city’s cultural diversity or the significance of its cultures(2). In the Intercultural City(3) diversity should be seen as the basis for building a socially sustainable eco-system. 2. Brecknock Consulting, A wellspring of ideas, a meeting of people: Auckland case study report, South Australia, 2006 p,3. 3. Intercultural City Publication- Refer: section 2.4 for background