Design Studio IIIA – Tautoko

Tautoko: facilitating creative practice

Tautoko is to demonstrate support or advocate for, and implies a level of consensus, however, this goes beyond simplistic notions of support. Tautoko can be used as a means to define/refine exactly what it is you or your group is offering its support to – in this way it includes the negotiation of positions.


The aim of this project is to explore how spaces might support the negotiation of positions in relation to creative practice, both the contested sites of creative practice themselves, and how those sites/spaces facilitate ways of practicing and critical positions on creative practice.


Session 7.2
  • Guess your project (discussion of readings & sharing of documentation)
    • who did what reading (make groups)
    • share insights and documentation
    • present your ‘guess’ to the class
  • Introduction
  • Brief, questions
  • Groups
  • Go into city
    • Talk about exercise (make a chair that facilitates a specific kind of drawing) – interrogating sites of creative practice
    • Visit Martino Gamper exhibition at the City Gallery


  • As a group, make a chair that facilitates a specific type of drawing. You can use found chairs that you adapt and remake or create a chair from sourced materials.  Bring your drawing chair to class on Tuesday.
  • Make group blog, complete blog form.

Schedule wk 7-12_upload

Link to blog address form




Group locations


Generator words for working titles

generator words_2

Deliverables for Friday:

  • At least one plan and one section of the existing site. Drawings need to be a minimum A2
  • Continue site analysis, continuing to use your chair as part of this.
  • Make 1 modification to your chair in response to your the act of drawing (in) your site.
  • Select your working title.
Session 8.2

Deliverables for Tuesday (9.1):

  • Take your words + 2 of your inhabitation proposals into the city.  Select a site on the margins, a threshold, a barrier. Create a plan, section and elevation of applying each of the inhabitation proposals to that site. A2 size drawings
  • Choose new words if required/desired.
  • Upload all your work to your blogs.

Week 9

Deliverables for Friday (9.2):

  • Articulate the program for your residency.  Produce a concept statement, a working title, concept drawing/image/model/combination words+drawing.
  • Research your creative practice(s).  If you’d like to, explore a range of options or in depth into one.
  • Collating materials/media of/for practice (and bring materials for 1:1 prototyping)
  • Documenting embodied testing of site.

Session 9.2

  • Discuss concept statement and working title.  Workshop with another group.
  • Look at prototyping. Why and what are testing?
  • 1:1 prototyping and further embodied testing in the site.
  • Presentation of findings – what is involved with this?


Bring to studio on Tuesday for Presentation of findings:

  • Concept statements, site analysis – current use, history, location, context, environmental surroundings, lighting, materiality, conceptual models, initial sketches visualising your concept.
  • 5 visualisations of your concept that consider: function and inhabitation, scale, materiality.

Week 10

  • Workshopping and presentation exercise
  • Exhibition planning
  • Continue to work on your proposals.

Exhibition notes: We will be exhibiting in Te Whare Pukaka, Block 1. Each group will exhibit a drop, their, chair and have a plinth to display video/models/book etc.  Drop width is 910mm.

Exhibition set up notes to follow in week 11&12.

Week 12

Submission requirements:

  • Digital submission of exhibition drop and media (audio and video files) + 2-3 hero images by 11.59pm, Thursday, 1 June.
  • Digital Submission of exhibition documentation, reflection document and blog by 5pm, Friday, 9 June.


Last modified: June 1, 2017