The process of imagining, forming and constructing environments
that consider space, time and sensory inhabitation.

The Best of the Best Designers Speak

March 31st, 2015



Wellington – Thursday May 21st

City Gallery, Civi Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Drinks at 6:00pm

ALL Students and Graduates: FREE
DINZ Members: $10
Non DINZ Members: $15


IMO Group Ltd – Sam Haughton

Kenwyn HQ

CUSTANCE – Jonathan Custance

Fisher & Paykel Product Development

Designworks and Massey University, Co-nnect – Adam Cansino and Chloe Lassen

NZSO Campaign

Coffee Supreme Ltd – Al Keating and Doug Johns

Coffee Supreme

One Design – David Macdonald

Rogue Society

Visualisation as Process

March 26th, 2015

Design drawings, renders and visualizations are part of the design process.


James Corner describes this in his collection of essays
“The Landscape Imagination”
Drawing and making in the landscape medium Pg 182-184
The Misuse of Drawing

“Projections, notations, and representations are all, though in differing ways, indirect, abstract, incongruous, and anterior in relation to the landscape medium. These qualities have led to two major misconceptions about the value and action of drawing in contemporary design. The first misuse occurs when emphasis is placed on the drawing itself, as if the drawing is the artistic and prized artifact. In this camp, the seductive qualities of drawing promote a detached and personal preoccupation with it, whereupon the drawing is over privileged as an art form unto itself. It is commonplace today to see autonomous and self-referential drawings as the bearers of effect and focus of attention. Such works are eminently consumable, affording a visual feast for those with an appetite, while remaining ineffectual with regard to the actual production and experience of landscape.”

“The second misuse of drawing1995-James_Corner-Taking_Measure_Across_the_American_Landscape-Yale_University_Press-New_Haven-90-web is a reaction against the former. This party is suspicious of any meaning a drawing may hold beyond that of the strictly instrumental. Consequently, the potential richness of drawing is suppressed through a reductive and overly technical practice. Here, the emphasis is on the mute language of objective, denotative systems (plans, sections, isometrics).”

“Both the mystical ‘artist’ and the pragmatic ‘technician’ effectively sever any authentic dialogue the drawing may have with built experience and the material world, significantly misunderstanding the function of drawing in landscape architectural production. The frequent discrepancies between what is represented and what gets built means that there is often a rift or translatory failure between drawing and building. In effect, the landscape medium becomes ‘contaminated’ by drawing; that is to say, the innate richness of the landscape itself is suppressed or suffocated by another medium, which is either excessively privileged or significantly undervalued.”

“The emphasis shifts from drawing as image to drawing as work or process, a creative act that is somehow analogous to the actual construing and constructing of built landscapes”

March 9th, 2015

Massey students and staff have access to all software tutorials. Login to using “” and agreeing to the terms, you’ll use your student ID and PIN too.

Still so good.

Dulux Colour Award 2015

February 4th, 2015

Dulux would love for you Massey Spatial Design students to enter the INTERNATIONAL and the STUDENT CATEGORIES, a paint specification & digital photo is all that is required. Your chances are very high now we have an international category and there is prize money and a trip to Melbourne for the New Zealand finalists.

Colour Awards

A Few Key things to remember!
The application process is so much easier this year!! No boards for the first round!
We’ve created the new ‘international’ category’ – enter this category for all of your projects in addition to other categories you enter as all NZ projects are eligible for this.

Complete the online Entry From, including project description and digital images of the project by 12 February 2015 – See more at:
Dulux will cover travel costs of up to $500 for the New Zealand finalists to travel to Melbourne for the awards night. There’s also a $5,000 AUD Grand Prix prize, $1,000 AUD Category prizes and a $500 AUD Student prize.
Judging Panel includes Simon James, Simon James develops and manufacturers innovative contemporary furniture for residential and commercial markets.

Student Category
Student (Years 1 – 6) Paint specification by architecture or interior design students who are currently attending or have just completed – within the past 12 months – a course at a recognised University or College. Grand Prix The best of the show selected from individual category winners. This must be a complete, built project. -

See more at:

LUX 2015

January 15th, 2015




Wellington LUX 2015 is inviting expressions of interest for its 2015 light festival. We are encouraging any students, creative practitioners and businesses interested in creating exciting light based installations that will illuminate Wellington’s laneways and waterfront for the 9 day festival to apply now!

Wellington LUX is a free public light festival that turns Wellington’s waterfront and laneways into a captivating celebration of light, art, technology and design.

In 2014 the festival showcased a fantastical array of light sculptures that wound their way through an urban light trail within the city’s laneways and then spilt out into a promenade of light installations along the waterfront. These were accompanied by artist talks from national and international artists, designers, and researchers; pop up exhibitions and installations; and fun free activities.

Over 65,000 people attended the event in 2014, and 2015 promises to be even bigger!

Expressions of interest for 2015 will close at midnight NZST on Friday February 13th.

Apply online at and fill in the step-by-step application form on our site.



Future Cities 2014

January 13th, 2015

This project explored spatial design in a possible future Wellington.

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Large Format Printing

September 29th, 2014

The Large Format Printing process is now streamlined through this google form:


The large format printer can print 910mm by any length.

The cost is $10 per full color A1, $5 for black and white.


Per lm (linear meter) (910mm x 1000mm)
$14 Color
$7 B/W

Please complete this form,
Copy the print file to the server \\student shared\Large Format Printing\
Pickup and Pay at the Toystore in Block 12 on level C (eftpos only) 11am – 1pm daily

Stress for Less workshop

September 10th, 2014

Stress Less 4 Success workshops – Semester 2: 2014

Workshops for students who would like to manage stress/anxiety better.

Where: Conference Room, Level 2 Student Services Trust Building, opposite


When: 4 Tuesdays 11:30-1 pm (16, 23, 30 September and 7th

Who: facilitated by Patricia Ford (Senior Counselor, SHCC)

What: Lunch supplied for first session

The focus is on:

• Practical strategies to manage stress and anxiety

• Managing relationships more effectively to reduce stress

• Changing the brain to manage stress

• Thinking patterns and mindfulness

• Discussion to whatever extent people feel comfortable

If you would like to attend please contact:

Patricia Ford

Senior Counsellor

Student Health and Counselling Centre


Phone: 801-2542 or Massey 8015799 ext 62211

Perry Kulper “Behind the Scenes”

September 5th, 2014

LUX light festival

July 28th, 2014

Love Light?

Be an intern or ambassador for the Annual Wellington LUX Lighting Festival

Links to submission forms:

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