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PhD Unpacked: The Built Environment: Te Whanganui-a-Tara - August 2022

On 17th August, at Te Pokapū Hapori Te-Whanganui-a-Tara, PhD: Unpacked and the Social Change Collective co-hosted a panel of recent Masters graduates sharing their research on 'The Built Environment'. Claire Ford (she/her), Amelia Blundell (she/her) and Kudzai Furusa (she/her) each discussed their research and ideas regarding emotionality and architecture, the importance of questioning the identity of architects, and the immense potential of the Porirua landscape, respectively.Facilitated by PhD: Unpacked host/narrator Jolénna (she/her), the panel was a resounding success! The panellists engaged in deep discussions regarding the nature, impact, and meaning behind built environments, and the potential for Te-Whanganui-a-Tara to become a city built for, and by, the people it represents.


  1. As well as the in-person panel being recorded and shared to Youtube, Jolénna recorded podcast episodes with each of the panellists that are now available. Watch the panel + episodes, click here.

  2. With the local body elections around the corner, this event couldn’t have come at a better time. Those who represent us have more influence on the world around us than most. A key action from the event is to strongly consider the representatives, who interrogate, analyse, and question, the Built Environment.

  3. PhD: Unpacked is a podcast hosted by Coalesce that aims to make impactful academic research more accessible and understandable for everyday New Zealanders. You can check our more of their mahi here. .


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