Design Studio IIB – Koha
place making + light + structure

Tutors: tbc
Contact email: tbc




Introduction and Aim

For the remainder of the semester we will examine the theme of koha through the idea of place making. Koha addresses ideas of gift, of reciprocity and exchange, and for this project it simply means to explore how you can offer a place where community can foster. What can Massey University offer students and the general public – both seen as the targeted community – to revisit the heart of the museum building, and to identify with the provided spaces as a ‘place’?


Koha is a gift freely given. How can you acknowledge your clients or your collaborators or communities you have worked with through your creative work? How can you cement and nurture ongoing relationships through giving something back or giving something away (whether that be a physical object, or your time or expertise)? How might you celebrate the outcomes for all parties involved? What is the relationship between gifter and gifted, and the possible indedebtness associated with this exchange? How can koha relate to hospitality, and social interaction and gatherings, to generate social action?

Last modified: February 25, 2019