Whitiwhiti Korero

Welcome to third year!

224.357 Spatial Design Studio IIIa


In this studio paper students will establish a critical position through individual or collaborative creative exploration and articulation. With opportunities for varied contextual applications, students will consolidate and expand spatial design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work.

This is a 30 credit paper, with an expected workload of 20 hours per week, including 6 hours of class/studio time on Tuesdays and Fridays 9-12.

a work place for our place

“The workplace [of the future] will be more socially driven. The concept of work ‘hubs’ appears one of the ways forward – collaborative spaces for people to connect in a social and creative way, with the flexibility to adapt to different needs and activities, and where the overall design exudes a unique brand identity for the organisation.”

Donna Wheatley, Warren & Mahoney

Project Overview:

In April 2016, Te Papa will launch their new Innovation Hub: “an incubator for cultural start-ups;” a “coworking space where entrepreneurs come to refine and develop products and services”. The Hub will facilitate the development of “innovations that are useful for museums, or that relate to culture, education, science, the environment” and will “set challenges […] around solving problems that matter”. In future, Te Papa envisions that the Hub may expand to include “a living exhibition, or a public demonstration space, where those entrepreneurs can then test their ideas with the public” (Firth, 2015).

Your visions will be a part of the launch of the Hub at Te Papa. You will work in teams to undertake research, test concepts, and formulate proposals. The proposals will consider what the Innovation Hub could be, and how this might manifest as a spatial design – what it might look like and what facilities and equipment it might provide, but more importantly, how it might be used by the range of potential users, and how it might be connected to the wider community. The resulting proposals, which will include concept designs, could range from the pragmatic to the highly speculative, collectively mapping out a field of possibilities for a future vision of the Te Papa Innovation Hub.

Project Brief and Schedule:

Brief: 224.357_Ass.1_2016


Blog links:

please fill in this google form with your blog (online workbook) address


Week 1

“Te Papa [Our Place] is a forum for the nation to present, explore, and preserve the heritage of its cultures and knowledge of the natural environment in order to: better understand and treasure the past […] enrich the present and […] meet the challenges of the future.”

Melissa Firth, Te Papa
Te Papa’s innovation hub: An incubator for cultural start-ups. National Digital Forum.



WHAT: Intro to paper, site visit and presentation at Te Papa

WHEN/WHERE: Meet in Studio 11A East at 9am sharp. We will leave at 9.15 to be at Te Papa by 9.30

WHAT TO BRING: Sensible shoes for walking, equipment for documenting the space and taking notes, a copy of the brief, and a professional and enthusiastic demeanour to make a good impression on the Te Papa team!

Week 2


Week 3


  • open studio (group work) – you run the session!

Independent / group work

  • continue with group work, gathering information/data/observations, doing active research, testing initial design concepts (fail fast!)
  • 1:1 prototype (physical) or documented live testing
  • overview statement, group name and project name
    • Team contracts
    • Team blogs and project team google doc
    • Swipe card access


  • First 30minutes – open studio, in work stations that you have set up (use this as a way to test how you work in the space!)
  • Communication of
    • Whitiwhiti korero / tautoko (statement) – what conversation are you hoping to spark/join; what position(s) are you supporting?
    • Pre-design research (research for design)
    • User/participatory research (research with others) – may be focused around your prototyping, but could also include documented conversations etc
    • Initial design explorations (research through design)

via displaying stuff in your workspace… set this up however you want, for the duration of the setting

  • Planning / spatial scale exercise
    • Bring: scale ruler, tracing paper (or butter paper / baking paper), tape measure, masking tape


  • 1:1 prototype (physical) and/or documentation of live/active/participatory prototyping (participatory research)
  • Communication of research (for design / through design)


Week 4


  • show/communicate (research), discuss
  • distill/extract (concept shortlist – visual/material)
  • work plan

Independent / group work

  • concept development bootcamp – Wed/Thurs afternoon (tbc)


  • No Friday session – it’s Easter!


  • communication/distillation of research
  • concept shortlist
  • work plan



Last modified: July 8, 2016