Te Ao Hurihuri – a Maori model for syntax & semantic?

At the end of Thinking semiotically about Maori architecture I posed the question of whether Mike Austin’s use of semiotics (specifically the concepts of syntax and semantic) to frame the development of Maori architecture was valid. I was alluding to the approach being a form of colonialism in itself – the need to utilise Eurocentric models […]

Posted at 10:43 am on May 8, 2015 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Uncategorized | Continue reading

Thinking semiotically about Maori architecture

Mike Austin delivered a quietly significant paper at the 2014 SAHANZ conference (see here). He staged a flashback to the days of semiotics as a way of examining the shifts and developments that have occurred and are occurring in Maori architecture. The short and snappy exposition gave us a look at how syntax and semantic […]

Posted at 9:25 am on April 3, 2015 | 1 comment | Filed Under: Uncategorized | Continue reading


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