O le fogavaʻa e tasi - one family : Contemporary Samoan elderly village

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Nomani-Brown, Trujon
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Hoskins, Raoul
Francis, Kerry
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Tāmaki Makaurau (N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
New Zealand
Samoans in New Zealand
older people
aged care facilities
architecture for older people
retirement villages
Faletele (Samoan architecture)
Māngere Bridge (Auckland, N.Z.)
Samoan architecture
Nomani-Brown, T. (2021). O le fogavaʻa e tasi - one family : Contemporary Samoan elderly village. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)).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/10652/5746
RESEARCH QUESTION How can understanding key faʻasamoa principles and ageing concepts inform a contemporary architectural response to provide an alternative living environment for the dependent Samoan elderly of Tāmaki Makaurau? ABSTRACT The purpose of this research project is to respond to how the built environment of Aotearoa impacts our elderly and their experience in various forms of inadequate care. Not only is the national population increasing, there is an abundant shift In the demographic groups present, favouring an ageing population, while also becoming more ethnically diverse. Therefore, there is a demand for healthcare services to broadly consider the needs of the several ethnic groups comprising this diverse nation. When elders become more dependent on healthcare or that living with loved ones is becoming less supportive, the search for a care facility takes place, looking for an alternative environment where elders may experience a better lifestyle through receiving more consistent and appropriate forms of physical, psychological, social and medical support. Considering the medical realities associated with the ageing process, it is crucial to establish design and programmatic solutions that avoid any forms of deterioration on well-being, and instead allow the wellness of the elderly residents to flourish. This research project proposes to investigate the facets of ageing and the impact it has stimulated upon the ageing population of Samoans in Aotearoa. Through various details of Samoan Culture and modern ageing concepts, this project conducts such strategies to help determine a contemporary Samoan residential care facility in Tāmaki Makaurau. The research explores the rich heritage and traditions of Samoan culture, and is investigated as a mechanism to delve into deeper meanings that characterise Samoan individuals, their lifestyle, and their perception on well-being. Everyone is unique in their own way and interpret things differently on an individual basis, therefore it can be challenging to create a 'one size fits all' model that fits the needs of every individual ; however this project looks to optimise solutions that will expectantly cater to the clear majority of Samoan elderly. Overall the project's proposition offers an example for future residential care developments and acts for a major stepping stone to the lack of culturally appropriate care facilities for the whole of Aotearoa. SITE: Kiwi Esplanade, Māngere Bridge, Auckland, N.Z.
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