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dc.contributor.authorHolakeituai, Walter Solomone Toutoupauʻu
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTION: How can the notion of ‘meeting’ in a Tongan context generate design notions/suggestions for a new parliament building in Tonga? ABSTRACT: On February 12th, 2018, the Tongan islands were devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita. It was one of the worst to hit the kingdom, which resulted in significant damages. With numerous buildings destroyed, the destruction of Tonga’s Fale Alea (legislative house) was, in essence, a considerable loss. The building represents a series of significant events that for over more than 150 years contributed to forging the country’s history. Such events were the arrival of Christianity, the settlement of early Europeans, the first Constitution, and political changes, to name a few. At present, the legislative assembly sessions have temporarily moved to the country’s national centre. History gives insight into the original vernacular Tongan architecture as observed by early navigators and missionaries. It also shows the influence of European settlements on the evolution of architecture in Tonga over time. This research project aims to explore possible design approaches and typologies for a new parliament building for Tonga. By studying how people meet in culture will help conceptualise architectural notions that will be the primary driver of this project. The design outcome will be a landmark, a symbol of national identity that would reflect Tonga, concerning its history, context, values, and culture.en_NZ
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dc.subjectNukuʻalofa (Tonga)en_NZ
dc.subjectparliamentary architectureen_NZ
dc.subjectFale Alea ʻo Tonga (Parliament of Tonga)en_NZ
dc.subjectvā (Tongan proxemics : human space)en_NZ
dc.subjectTongan architectureen_NZ
dc.subjectParliament of Tongaen_NZ
dc.titleʻa-tā : it's not what you say, it's where you siten_NZ
dc.title.alternativea-tā : it's not what you say, it's where you siten_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
dc.rights.holderAuthoren_NZ of Architecture (Professional)en_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120101 Architectural Designen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationHolakeituai, W. S. T. (2019). ʻa-tā : it’s not what you say, it’s where you sit. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeAuckland, New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalKaza, Krystina
unitec.advisor.associatedSchnoor, Christoph

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