Fa‘asinomaga: The layers of Samoan identity
Pillanger, Benjamin J.
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Citation:Pillanger, B. J. (2021). Faʻasinomaga: The layers of Samoan identity. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand. https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5745
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RESEARCH QUESTION How can the investigation of cultural identity through the lens of New Zealand-born Samoans generate a space that enhances an individual’s connection to their cultural self? ABSTRACT In looking to strengthen the cultural identity of diasporic Samoans within New Zealand, this research investigation will examine how identity is perceived and obtained in Samoan within Samoan thought. FaʻaSamoa (Samoan way of life) is the catalyst in depicting how its traditions and customs address cultural identity among diasporic Samoans. Strengthening cultural identity is vital within New Zealand as the world progresses where the essence of traditional customs become lost, thus creating this feeling of detachment. The objective is to create a space that allows the education and expression of Samoan culture within New Zealand through multiple Polynesian concepts. The applied focus is based on the conceptualisation reality Tā-Vā, the arrangement of a traditional nuʻu (village), and utilisation of vā within the Samoan realm. As the narrative of Sina ma le Tuna will be the primary design driver. The social construct of Samoa will be explored and applied to the site to generate a space with a similar ambience to traditional Samoa. For this project, a cultural centre will be the architectural typology utilised to addressing the issue of cultural identity. By providing multiple areas that teach traditional practices, the cultural centre will offer knowledge of Samoan customs to New Zealand born Samoans and members of the community. Architectural representations that stem from this project will embody Samoan identity within the diaspora. “E sui faiga, ae tumau faʻavae” “The form changes, but the underlying principles remain” - Samoan Proverbial Expression SITE: Manukau Sports Bowl, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand