Design Studio IIA – Kaitiakitanga
heritage kaitiakitanga: city, sites and narratives

raumlaborberlin Spacebuster


Develop an understanding of the term kaitiakitanga and how it can become an informing principle for understanding social and cultural sustainability through heritage.


This project responds to aspects of kaitiakitanga. It examines guardianship of our environment, including our cultural but also dynamic heritage, as well as our natural resources. It therefore includes broader ideas of ‘sustainability’ and ethical considerations. It encourages you to think about our built heritage, our urban environment, our monuments, objects, and stories that shape our connection to place, and which all support the construction of identity and sense of belonging.  Equally important to a spatial practice is to consider the origins and impact of the materials with which to build space and the project will ask you to research and analyse the choices you make for your design.

Kaitiakitanga begins with a holistic understanding of how the environment and the people within it exist in balance, and a care to maintain that balance. What is your role as a creative practitioner in negotiating that balance? How does your work impact on the environment and on people through its manufacture, or its content, or its use?


The second project of semester 1 takes you into the city, into the urban environment. We continue to explore the performance of the everyday through spatial practice, but also look at a range of strategies to intervene into given sites. This will allow students to explore their own interests of making space, including interventions, installations, and formal architectural/interior architectural structures, and digital spatial environments. In addition, you will be introduced to architectural drawing conventions and representation practices. It will build from introduced applications and drawings in year 1 but now demands accuracy and intention of the kind of drawings used for communicating space in the industry/profession.

 This is an individual assignment which will allow you to individual develop a specific set of spatial practice skills. This is to be demonstrated through your deliverables at Week 12 final hand-in

Monday Week 7
_Locate site data and download onto appropriate application: GIS (geographic information system); or WCC Open Data Portal;;

_For Thursday draw a site plan and print out in A1 (can be tiled using A3s) to an appropriate scale – 1:100, 1:200, 1:250, 1:500

_Go to the site (Midland Park (Group 1) or Civic Square (Group 2) and collect information of its character: still, video, drawing


Thursday Week 7

Present / pin up of tiled A1 b/w site plan, followed by discussion on research data of site for ‘guide’ generation using the site plan as ‘skeleton’ / starting point and underlay

For Monday Week 8 draw and produce  a guide out of the site plan through Mapping the existing narratives (the character and what happens in that space, who inhabits, what makes the space specific) to communicate what happens in the space. Refer to precedents library for strategies and graphic clues.


Monday/Thursday Week 8

Develop a mis-guide based on your personal experiences of the site. How can you develop an augmented, alternative form of spatial representation that will allow someone else to experience this alternative narrative of the site.


Monday/Thursday Week 9 (view Stream for more information)

Walking the mis-guide on site – 9am in Midland Park and Civic Square. Introduction to the final brief Weeks 9-12.

Site your project, identify your practice, research the topic and develop your narrative.


Monday/Thursday Week 10 (view Stream for more information)

Develop Concept Design based on narrative.

Concept Design presentation – includes models


Monday/Thursday Week 11 (view Stream for more information)

Iterative processes to generate Developed Design

Developed Design presentation – includes models, drawings, perspectives, videos


Monday/Thursday Week 12 (view Stream for more information)

Final Design – discussion of draft poster and structure of presentation.

Final Design presentation – check deliverables on Stream

Last modified: May 8, 2018