Design Studio IIIA_2 – Tautoko

Tautoko (Ass.2)

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

caring for non-human citizens

“We need to create a shared interspecies society which is responsive to the interests of both its human and animal members. … If we view [animals] as members of society … then it changes the perspective 180 degrees. The question is no longer ‘how do we make sure they‘re not so badly treated?‘ We instead need to ask ‘what kind of relationships do they want to have with us?‘”

Will Kymlicka, interviewed by Zack Beauchamp, 2014. Should dogs be citizens? It’s not as crazy as you


Project Overview:

This project will explore how the spatial design of an event might support the position of an organisation that advocates for the wellbeing of animals – the SPCA. You will also explore the negotiation of positions, perspectives and needs between humans and animals, and work collectively to develop a critical position on human-animal relationships that informs your design approach.


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 de ne/re ne exactly what it is you or your group is o ering its support to – in this way it includes the negotiation of positions.

What discourses or positions do you, and those you work with, bring to the table in collaborative projects? How do you build on these discourses in an inclusive and cohesive way without undermining another’s, or your own position/approach?


In groups, you will develop a design proposal for an event for the SPCA. The location for this public event is to be Civic Square. It would be freely attended and experienced by animals and people.

The aim of the event is to celebrate/tautoko the work that the SPCA do. The event should build awareness and relationships, help get key messages across, and support the SPCA as a charitable organisation that relies on fundraising/donations. The SPCA ethos is based around compassionate consideration for all animals, animal welfare and the prevention of cruelty. The event should support the existing SPCA kaupapa to educate the public about the 5 freedoms – international animal welfare standards:

1. Freedom from hunger and thirst (food and water)
2. Freedom from discomfort (shelter)
3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease (medical care)
4. Freedom to express normal behaviour (exercise)
5. Freedom from fear and distress (love and understanding)

More broadly, the aim is to celebrate the relationships between animals, people and space, thinking more about the non-human inhabitants of our built environment, and what it means to design with cross-species relationships in mind. You will be asked to think critically about the needs, rights and freedoms of animals. A starting point for conversation will be a call to consider domestic animals as co-citizens in a shared society. This is particularly interesting in relationship to the proposed event’s location in Civic Square.

Week Seven: intro, site visit, research & response

Tuesday: Introduction to project and brief. Site visit to Civic Square. Form groups. Exercise – explore the site from the perspective of an animal visitor/inhabitant; take us on a guided tour of the Square that shares these perspectives.

For Friday: each group to present their research and response – please print out and pin up on one of the cardboard panels

  • site research & analysis (measure/map/context/history/perspectives)
  • kaupapa research & development (SPCA, 5 freedoms, animal rights, animal-human relationships)
  • precedent research & analysis (event/design/artwork/installation/performance/intervention)

Each group should have at least one A3 for each category that shows your visual response to the gathered information, e.g. how it is curated, mapped, analysed.

Week Eight: event concepts

Tuesday: Development concepts through studio session – making use of model making and other sketch methods. Meet with tutors to discuss ideas.

For Friday: Continue to develop event concepts in preparation for interim presentation on Tuesday Week 9.

  • development of concepts including: event concept, programme and other design elements
  • refinement of kaupapa – which of the 5 freedoms is your group responding to, and how are you responding to them.
  • exploration and communication through model-making, sketching, plan/section/elevation drawings.

Week Nine: Interim Presentation

Continue to develop event concepts in preparation for interim presentation.

Interim Deliverables:

  • event concept (identifying the design elements that need to be developed.)
  • programme (use of the space, timing of different aspects, development of space over time.)
  • design elements (which aspects of your event concept will the design focus on?)

Communicated through:

  • sketches (plan, section, perspective)
  • models (scale model, prototype, material experimentation)
  • diagrams (concepts, journey, experience, timing of programme)
  • title

Tuesday: Setup before class for 9am start. 10 minutes presentations (including questions) followed by a half hour workshop with members from another presentation group.

Within these workshop groups you shall:

  • identify design elements within each group’s event concept
  • workshop an element to detail, this may include:
    • function/use
    • materials
    • construction details
Wednesday: Vectorworks Clinic 11am
This workshop will begin to cover the following:
  • CAD software overview, including Vectorworks, ArchiCad and Revit
  • construction/drawing tools within Vectorworks
  • how to produce technical drawings within the software.

Week 11 :  Design Detail


Technical drawing set, first drafts due for “readlining” (error checking) in class. Please print these out before class. This will include the following for each design element.

  • Plan, section, elevation, technical

Wednesday ( May 23rd ): Vectorworks Clinic with Oli


Week 12 :  Hand-in

Tuesday: Print out dossier for feedback with class.

Friday: Hand in.

Deliverables ( Friday 1st June 5pm)

  • 1:1 Detail
  • Scale Model
  • Dossier PDF ( event concept, key research, visualisations, concept related drawings)
  • Technical drawing sets (PDF) – one set per design element.
    • plan, section, elevation, technical detail
    • these will likely be one per sheet @ A3
    • include “drawn by” notation on drawings.



Last modified: May 22, 2018