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Title: Common thread: re-envisioning a Chinese Canadian transcultural centre
Authors: Mah, Priscilla A.
Supervisor: Close, Susan (Interior Design)
Examining Committee: Beecher, Mary Anne (Interior Design) Wilson Baptist, Karen (Landscape Architecture)
Graduation Date: October 2011
Keywords: transculturation
contact
zone
interiority
culture
identity
cultural
interaction
human
geography
phenomenology
Canadian
Chinese
Issue Date: 9-Sep-2011
Abstract: Canadian society is a cultural mosaic composed of individuals from an expansive range of cultural backgrounds. Through the process of globalization and ever-increasing accessibility to new people and places we are constantly being exposed to other cultures. This practicum project proposes a new typology for cultural spaces – a transcultural center that functions as a contact zone where individuals can negotiate both spatial and social relationships. Such everyday negotiations within space enables individuals to better understand their own identity and the identities of those around them, giving them the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge cultural similarities and differences. The process of developing the transcultural centre was explored through theoretical and analytical investigations in cultural identity and interaction, phenomenology, and human geography that examined how these notions have the potential to inform an understanding of space and place, sensorial engagements, and the blurring of spatial and cultural boundaries.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4867
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