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Seminar: Imagining Decolonised Cities

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  • Wed 26 Jul ’17, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Seminar on Imagining Decolonised Cities or Indigenising the City.

Speakers: Rebecca Kiddle, Amanda Thomas and Morten Gjerde

This seminar is about a project, Imagining Decolonised Cities, that sought to stimulate discussion around what our cities could look, feel, sound, taste and smell like if they were decolonised. It did this through eliciting utopian ideas for a decolonised city from professional designers, young people and the general public, through an urban design competition and a public symposium drawing in speakers from a wealth of backgrounds to discuss the question ‘What is a decolonised city?’

The definition of decolonisation was kept broad – “Cities that are equitable places for all whānau, reflecting Māori values and identity” – so that participants could develop their own ideas of what decolonisation might mean in their proposals.

In this seminar the speakers will consider the ways in which decolonisation and indigeneity in relation to urban form were conceptualised by the researchers themselves, the public, symposium speakers and young people involved in the project, to tease out some of the similarities and tensions around thinking about our cities in ways that look backwards and forwards simultaneously.

The project, is a collaboration between Ngāti Toa and Victoria University of Wellington and the research team includes Bianca Elkington, Jennie Smeaton and Jasmine Arthur, from Ngāti Toa’s Te Puna Mātauranga and Tui Arona, Chantal Mawer, Derek Kawiti, Dr Ocean Mercier, Dr Mike Ross, Dr Morten Gjerde, Dr Amanda Thomas and Dr Rebecca Kiddle from Victoria University of Wellington.

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