Indigenous Architecture of Early Learning Centres: International Comparative Case Studies from Australia, Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand
The recent architecture of Indigenous-focused early learning centres across Australia, Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand appears to share design goals. These centres strive to produce an inclusive design that considers the diversity of languages, cultures, age and other points of human difference. The early learning centres attempt to create a place that meets the needs and desires of Indigenous families and their children. The architecture goes beyond the mere housing of specific services to promoting better health and education through the design of shared learning and play spaces. Three comparative case studies examine the parallels and differences in the design process in these three distinct countries.
Acknowledgement: The authors would like to thank the staff at Bubup Wilam, Hayball Architects, Urban Initiatives, Chippewas of Rama First Nation Early Childhood Education Centre, Teeple Architects, Tennent Brown Architects and Mana Tamariki School, for their time in sharing valuable information about each Early Learning Centre’s background and design process.
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