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
_Introduce assignment 2. Site, site analysis techniques, groups for the first 3 weeks (week 7 + study break), techniques to build SketchUP model of the site.

Site analysis and research in 2 parts:

  1. Context Research (Newtown Suburb), including immediate context ie Newtown, Riddiford Street (Main Street).

-infrastructure… Council and community facilities, retail and other local businesses, housing


-history of suburb and buildings including the development over time, distinctive architectural examples)

-how does time play a role in the site – minutes, hours, days, weeks, historically…

  1. Site Documentation (156-160 Riddiford Street). Mapping – (researching, documenting and representing of information) This is a pragmatic and creative exercise

Plan and Sections, Site Plan, digital model, Architectural Style of the buildings, Materials/ Textures, Light Studies


_For Thursday: conduct a site visit (perhaps more than 1), begin documentation and analysis of the site. Bring this documentation to studio class on Thursday where we will workshop documentation and representation techniques. Please print out (before 9am!) as much as possible so that you lay everything out for workshopping and discussion.

_In your groups begin building your SketchUp model of the site. This will become a shared resource for your group to work with throughout this assignment.

_Attend the Unity tutorial at 1-2.30pm Monday. This will be an important tool throughout this project. It will allow you to model/test/conceptualise the way that your design will interact with the site and the community.


Thursday Week 7

On your group’s table arrange all of the research you have conducted so far. Identify areas that require further investigation, areas of interested, notable details about the site. Plan for further research.

For Monday Week 8 complete your group site analysis, research and presentation. This will be presented on a 3m horizontal panel:

This should include (but is not limited to!) a combination of photography, sketches, sourced plans and maps that you have drawn into or altered to reflect your analysis of the site, material studies – castings, taping, photo/video, time based drawing series eg. documentation of light/shadows, movement through the space. Refer to the examples from the presentation on Stream for research and graphic representation techniques. Incorporate a range of mapping and documentation strategies into your research panel.

_Attend the Unity tutorial at 1-2.30pm Thursday. This will be an important tool throughout this project. It will allow you to model/test/conceptualise the way that your design will interact with the site and the community.

_There will be a catch-up tutorial on Friday for those who are unable to attend one of the Monday or Thursday sessions. Please note this is a catch up rather the whole tutorial repeated. Please endeavour to get to the timetabled tutorials.


Week 8 (after mid-semester break)

Monday: Introduce cultural narrative and second half of the assignment.

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



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

Concept development.

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 the presentation.

Final Design presentation – check deliverables on Stream

Last modified: April 7, 2019