Design Studio IIIB – Tuakiri
tuakiri – dwelling well

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Course Description:

In this studio course students will negotiate a critical position through individual or collaborative professional practices, with opportunities to apply their specialist skills to a range of contexts. In addition to advancing spatial design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work, students will develop and apply transferable skills relevant to professional environments.


This project addresses the ways in which houses, or dwellings, support the identity and wellbeing of their inhabitants. You will consider identity and wellbeing both in the project, and in the way you practice.

Your identity, and the identities of others, are shaped by various factors or influences. Identity (including gender/class/ethnicity) affects the positions that you take up; it also affects the positions of ourselves and others within interactions and communication. What are the contemporary influences and factors that condition your approaches? How do these impact on your own position or the positions of others you might work with? How might these be organised within society?

You will participate in and reflect on four interdisciplinary EXCHANGE sessions.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria checklist:


“Today there is a crisis, not just in access to and affordability of housing in New Zealand, but in the quality of our housing. […] This has serious implications for health, social cohesion and the economy.”

Phillipa Howden-Chapman, Home Truths: Confronting New Zealand’s Housing Crisis, Wellington, Bridget William Books, 2015, p. 1.

This project responds to themes of identity and wellbeing through the interrogation of the political, cultural, social, economic and environmental factors that inform ideas about dwelling. Increasingly research findings, reportage and media coverage refer to housing shortages and the ‘housing crisis’ both locally and internationally.  it is has been suggested that to solve this crisis requires a radical reimagining of the ethics of space, ownership, resource acquisition and distribution.

Your task is to propose a solution to the housing crisis in Wellington. You will establlish a critical position on the housing crisis that draws on your research, site analysis and interests. This will dictate the appropriate design outcome, scale, detail and materiality of your project. Scale can range from a single dwelling to the entire region.

You will reflect on your project, your practice, and the way in which you engaged with people through the completion of a reflection document. This document will also include Exchange reflections.



Week 1.1

Introduction, site analysis and tissue samples

We will talk through the brief together. Discuss the site and programme for this project. Introduce the idea of tissue samples and how we will use this throughout the project.

Some references and readings from today’s session:
Phillipa Howden-Chapman, Home Truths: Confronting New Zealand’s Housing Crisis, Wellington, Bridget William Books, 2015, p. 1.

Introduction (reduced size)


  • site analysis – 1 image
  • attend clinic – complete 5x city data collection drawings (Wednesday 11am, 10C13)
  • Futurist/imagineer/speculator research and presentations

Week 1.2 


Present Futurists/Imagineers/speculators research

Review site analysis images

Talk through data maps and examples of site analysis

Positioning statements


Draft positioning statement + 2 references

5x images based on data visualisation/mapping clinic. Print out 1 of these on newsprint, bigger than A3.

Site analysis continues: 5 observations translated into curated, well crafted images.

Reminder: clinic Tuesday at 2pm

Week 1.2 presentation


Week 2

-Workshop critical positions

-Discuss working at human scale/zoomed in/Jane Jacobs

-Review data maps

Plastics workshop at 2pm in 3D workshop

Week 2 session 1 presentation

Deliverables for Friday:

  • Plan and section of ‘human scale/zoomed in’ design response based on your critical position. Ensure that this is done to an appropriate scale  – so that we can see people and what they are doing and an appropriate level of detail – design, material, atmosphere.

Deliverables for next Tuesday (as of Tuesday 24th July):

  • 3D response to plastic. NB. This should relate to something that you are exploring in your design proposal this week.

Session 2:

Workshopping human scale designs

Review precedents

Consider site

Declare how you are working – blog? physical workbook?

NOTE: Clinic next week will be during class time, 11-12.

The schedule has been updated with some more information for the next few weeks.


  • Plastics – 3D response bring this along to class on Tuesday
  • Dwelling case study. In groups of 2, select a speculative dwelling project/precedent and prepare a 3min presentation of this project for class on Friday.
  • Continue to work with the same idea (a design from your position, towards solving the housing crisis, from a zoomed in perspective). Continue/redo plan and section and add an elevation and perspective. Ensure that you have chosen an appropriate site for your design. Complete to an appropriate level of detail. Print out if you can…

We will look at these next Friday.

Week 3, session 1

Material intuition with Stuart Foster and Oli.

Woodworking clinic at 11am in 3D workshop

For Friday –

Continue to work on your ‘human scale’ responses from week 2. Complete plan, section, elevation and perspective drawings.

Continue developing 3D response or woodworking clinic.

Week 3, session 2

Design speed dating

Present dwelling case studies

Pinup ‘human scale’ drawings


A new zoomed out, large, city scale, citywide response to your critical position. Over week 2 and 3 your focus was on close up, human scale responses to the brief.  The shift now is to what you might propose as a citywide solution. This could be a system of some kind, a series of interventions, a master plan, a narrative.

Create a plan of the whole city.

Create a section of the whole city.

Create a series of perspectives (minimum 5), or an animation.

These need to be completed by Friday. We will workshop ideas and representation in studio on Tuesday, bring along everything you have been working on.

  • 3D response wood. Material explorations to the edge of the material or a 1:1 detail of some element of your design. Tuesday
  • Bring plastic and wood 3D responses.
  • Fill out the blog form!

Week 4, session 1

Components of a city + plan exercise

Review details and discussion. Introduce metalwork 3D response

For Friday –

Complete citywide plan, section, and perspectives in response to the exercises and development we did in class today.


Week 4, session 2

  • Review citywide design drawing sets
  • Discuss site selection

For Tuesday

In pairs, present a 3min case study on a material.

Select, model your site and complete site analysis

Week 5

Review weeks 1-4 and discuss week 5-6.

Present material case studies.

Section and section perspective workshop and tutorial

Complete 10x process sections and 1 detailed section perspective, printed for Friday.

Begin 3D response – combined materials.

REMINDER: Shared moments with all other 3rd classes, 12pm this Friday.

Friday session:

Pin up and feedback on section perspectives. Discussion and exercise about non-dwelling based housing crisis solves. Shared moment.

For Tuesday:

  • Continue working on combined materials 3D response.
  • Create 5x detailed perspectives of key moments in your design. Consider the journey of someone moving through/using/dwelling/interacting with and in your design.
  • Write up a reflection on your ‘shared moment’.

Last modified: August 17, 2018