Our advocacy component gives MAU Studio a unique platform to contribute to education, research and policy making through the creation of research findings, workshops, symposiums and built responses. These outputs will bring together, and enable students, professionals and traditional craftsman to engage in a talanoa (discussion), where all stakeholders can contribute their unique ideas and perspectives to the challenges our communities face now, and in the future.
The outcome of our advocacy work is not just to produce more research findings and literature, but to use these research findings to provide a methodology to actionable and tangible steps forward, through the provision of built responses.
1ST SAMOAN ARCHITECTURE SYMPOSIUM 2018
LA VA TALANOA: A RETURN TO THE FALE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
Le va Talanoa was a mobile three-day workshop based in Samoa. The workshop brought together students, professionals, and academics from Samoa and Aotearoa/ New Zealand. It was an open forum that discussed the past, present and future of Samoan architecture and its space making traditions and legacies. The workshop was designed to bridge the gap in generational knowledge that exist in the Pacific. Tufuga Fau Fale (master traditional builders) contextualized ancient cultural heritage through talanoa – story telling the space-making and craft of the Fale Samoa (Samoan traditional house).
“Past, Present, and Future” was the theme for the Talanoa. Participants experienced an educational discovery of how the history and thinking behind Samoan and pan-pacific architecture over the years can be utilized for solutions for sustainable development. It was an opportunity learn how the built environment can be more reflective of our Samoan culture.