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Enhancing cultural aspirations in urban design: the gradual transformation by Indigenous innovation

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In the paper, we address the need to make visible the presence of Indigenous groups in the built environment that has developed on their traditional territories. We examine two recent approaches that have been used in Aotearoa New Zealand to manifest Indigenous histories and values in the city of Ōtautahi|Christchurch. The first involves the Indigenous group acting as urban developer. The second exemplifies Indigenous integration into local urban design decision-making processes. The result of both approaches is a significant urban transformation whereby Indigenous cultural aspirations are given voice in the city.

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The authors acknowledge the provision of an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada which enabled this research.

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Correspondence to Michelle Thompson-Fawcett.

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Thompson-Fawcett, M., Kitson, A. & Barry, J. Enhancing cultural aspirations in urban design: the gradual transformation by Indigenous innovation. Urban Des Int 24, 271–279 (2019).

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