Design Studio IIB – Koha
Reciprocal Interactions – experience, encounter & exchange
place making + light + structure

Course co-ordinator: Meg Rollandi
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Introduction and Aim

For the remainder of the semester we will examine the theme of koha through moments of creative practice, display and exchange. You will explore how spatial design can facilitate interactions in response to the resonance generated between creative practitioners and their audiences.


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 indebtedness associated with this exchange? How can koha relate to hospitality, and social interaction and gatherings, to generate social action?

Week 7

Link to Google Drive Folder for schedule, brief and Ihi&Wehi resources


9am: Shared exchange moment, level D Te Ara Hihiko

10am: Introduce Koha brief

– introduce brief & course resources (Stream, blog etc) – groups to read & introduce sections of brief (and themselves) – introduce creative practitioners – assign creative practitioners

Review and reflect on Ihi and Wehi project submissions

Independent study for Thursday:

  1. Research your assigned creative practitioner. Prepare a presentation of your CP’s practice, process and exhibition conditions,10 slides, 5mins. Refer to questions/considerations covered in the class presentation on Stream to guide your research.
  2. Read readings (on Stream, week 7). Select 3 quotes that resonate with you and your thinking about place-making. Post these on your blog with a short description of why you selected each quote.
  3. Add your blog link to the sheet in the Google Drive Folder


Present creative practitioner research in two groups

Outline independent study tasks for Monday: key moments, concept statements, precedents

1:2 tutorials with Kate and Meg. Unpacking CP practice and possible spatial responses. Workshopping concept statements.

Academic advising next week…

Independent study for Monday:

  • Identify 6 key moments in your design (2 from each of the experience, encounter, exchange). Select an appropriate drawing type (plan, section, perspective) to represent each of these.
  • Concept statement that outlines the overall idea that you are working with to respond to the brief.
  • Precedent research of relevant multi programme spaces. Post these on your blog with a statement that describes what it is about the precedent that you are interested in.

By the beginning of Week 8 you aim to:

  • be on your way to having in-depth knowledge of your creative practitioner
  • have identified 6 key moments of exchange, experience and encounter and represented these through a either a plan, section or perspective.
  • where necessary completed further site research. Given this new brief you may find it useful to revisit your initial research into the site or done additional research.
  • have a working concept statement that outlines your overall narrative in response to this brief.
  • have completed the place making readings from the Week 7 folder on Stream.

Week 8


  • Review week 7 deliverables
  • Concept statements – share in pairs. Take notes for each other – what is the overall narrative suggested by the concept statement? Could this be made more clear? If so, what changes would you make to do this? What are some of the ideas that this concept statement sparks for you?
  • Print out ‘key moment’ drawings
  • Exercise/discussion key moments

Tutorial, 1pm: animated sections.

Reminder that there is academic advising on Tuesday (tomorrow) from 4pm in the Pit, Te Ara Hihiko. See message on Stream through the CoCA site news forum.

Independent study for Thursday:

  • Read the readings posted to stream, Week 8. These readings are necessary preparation for the lecture and work we will do about lighting design on Thursday with Sven.
  • Source 3 examples of lighting design for discussion in studio. Consider what challenges do you see you are having for your space? How can lighting help to further emphasise and enhance your concept?
  • Action feedback and continue to develop your key moment drawings. Bring these, printed out (those that are appropriate) or arranged as a blog post to studio on Thursday. Use the techniques covered in the tutorial with Oli to assist you in developing these drawings.


  • 9am: Lighting lecture, discussion and exercises with Sven
  • Introduce lighting analysis group exercise, look at precedents and discuss task.
  • Workshop lighting design concepts for your space.

Independent study for Monday:

In your groups, visit a location in the city to conduct lighting analysis of eg.  a bar or restaurant, retail space, civic space.

Create a lighting analysis document that includes the following:

  • Photo documentation of the overall space, identify and document specific areas/zones eg. entrance, seating, counter area, hallway…
  • Documentation of the lighting fixtures in each area/zone. Provide an inventory (as specific as you can be) of all of the lighting fixtures in chosen space.
  • 1x lighting plan that identifies the placement of the all fixtures, identifies and demonstrates the direction of the light that these fixtures emit, includes a diagram of the lighting fixtures identified with specification notes of the product or similar products.
  • 1x section that indicates the direction of the light
  • 1x plan that identifies and illustrates lux levels
  • 1x plan that identifies and illustrates the different categories of light eg. task, ambient, focal, decorative
  • A statement that discusses the temporal nature of the lighting design. Consider how this changes over the course of the day, the effect of natural light, opening hours etc.

Bring these printed out to class on Monday. These will likely be works in progress on Monday, please print out regardless of where you get to.


Continue to develop your design.

Source 3 precedent lighting designs that you might work with or respond to in your own design.

Week 9


  • Review lighting analysis, discuss findings and representation methods
  • Studio exercise: Select a key moment in your design to create a perspective image. Consider lighting, time of day, interaction and materiality. Work in class on this 9.30-11am. Print out your perspective, in colour.
  • Group reviews of class exercise: in your groups discuss what do you think is the key idea being communicated in this image? How is this being done? What could be done to make this more clear?

Tutorial 1pm: Accurate lighting using Indigo, Sketch Up and Photoshop

Reminder: ECC visit 9.30. Meet outside ECC  61 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea at 9.20!

Independent study for Thursday:

Create an updated section to an appropriate scale of your design so far. Include as much detail as possible: lighting, spatial planning, materiality and interaction. Bring this printed out to studio. We will return to Massey after out ECC visit.

We will review the project deliverables on Thursday.


9.20-10.30 ECC visit. Meet at ECC at 9.20, 61 Thorndon Quay.

11am: Pin-up and feedback session (groups) on sections

11.40am: Introduce A-Z materials challenge!

Independent study for Monday:

  1. A-Z Materials Challenge!

For each of the letters of the alphabet that you were assigned find a material somewhere out in the world that begins with that letter. You will need to gather the following information about your material:

  • 2x photographs this material – no internet/book/magazine sourced images. 1 photograph that provides roof of physical siting eg. a selfie with the material, your hand/foot etc. 1 detail photograph. Photos to be at A5 size.

Plus (arranged on A5 size paper)

  • The name of your material, perhaps it goes by other names too eg. scientific classification
  • Brief overview of some of the common uses for this material.
  • All of this information needs to be printed out ready for use on Monday morning.

6 A5s in total

2. Update your section in response to feedback received in studio. Continue to develop your project. refer to the project deliverables. We will discuss interim presentations on Monday and what you need to prepare for that.

Project deliverables:

Presentation (A0 Poster)

-title and project outline 100 words

1x hero image

1x overall section could be either cross or long section 1:100

1x Plan 1:100

3x sections (appropriate scale)

  • These show scale and inhabitation (experience/process, encounter/display, exchange/koha). They would also capture how the space shifts as each addresses a different programme requirement.

3x perspectives

  • make sure they show specifics of user groups,… scenario so that the design moves from an abstract, general design to a specific inhabitation that clarifies the experiences you want to convey; 

3x details – what does this look like? (We will look at details on Monday week 10)

  • diagrammatic illustration of a range of uses (teaching / event etc); -Construction detail of a key element of your design eg. a piece of furniture, screen, display system

1x lighting and electrical plan 1:100

  • Annotations that describe -specification of the lamps and luminaries (a key or diagram), how they are integrated into the overall design (evident in your perspectives, sections, hero image, overall plan, as well as a short description/caption that accompanies the lighting plan), video, what the lighting effects are (as above).


  • Move through the design, consider changes in lighting natural and artificial, what is happening your space. You can use either Unity or Twinmotion or any other video programmes that you are familiar with.

Digital Submission:

Poster and video submitted via Stream.

Blog: this includes ALL of your process work as well as:

  • A specific post that covers the lighting design concept for this project. 100 word description of the concept, precedent imagery, product and material research. This post should should capture the details that you have considered when designing your lighting concept.

Week 10


A-Z materials pin up

Poster examples and discussion

1:1 tutorials with Kate and Meg – identifying your details, general check in

Tutorial 1pm: drawing details

Independent study for Thursday:

Prepare for interim presentation. Create a first draft of your poster, this will have elements that are different levels of completion. It is important to have something to represent each of the elements that you need to include on the poster so that you can plan where each element is going to go.

Have your poster tile printed and pinned up ready 9am Thursday.

Next round of A-Zs!


  • Pin-up A-Zs
  • Workshop and feedback on posters. Small groups, establish next steps for each project
  • Tutorial discussion
  • Extended hours for week 11 and 12
  • End of semester exhibition and party

A gentle reminder to everyone if you feel that you are behind with your project, or unable to complete the tasks that have been set for the next studio session it is important that you still attend studio. In studio time we will work with you develop your projects and get feedback from your peers. This is an important part of your learning and (speaking from experience) avoiding studio because you feel you’re behind only makes it worse…

Independent Study 

Remember to post the atmospheric perspective drawings from the exercise today to your blog- just where you got to with it in studio time.

Lace! Find an example of the application of ‘lace’ as a technique in construction. Think about tension structures, weaving techniques, lace effects – light and shade… bring your example to studio, printed out. You can use the internet again!

Focus for Monday Lighting Designs and Videos:

  • Complete your lighting plan and associated deliverables for Monday. We will work with these together in studio.
  • Complete a draft version of your video. Create a storyboard for your video and a draft version (could have placeholder elements throughout)
  • Address individual feedback.

Week 11


  • Lace examples
  • Add to draft 1:1 posters – lighting plans.
  • Workshop and feedback on draft video.
  • 1:1 check-ins

Tutorial: Video techniques

Independent Study:

  • Concept statements – complete a draft of this and bring to studio on Thursday.
  • Continue to develop and refine your project.


  • Workshops and tutorials.
  • Concept statements and titles.

Independent Study:

Prepare a final draft of your poster and tile print this. Please be ready at 9.15. Remember that printing takes a while to do so you may need to come in early or print the night before to be ready.

Prepare final draft of your video.

Week 12


Workshop and review draft posters and videos.


9-9.30: Pin up in the hallway. Please have your poster ready to for presentation by 9am. Videos on a USB stick to be played from presentation computer.

Presentations: These will take the form of floor talks, a brief overview of your project, how you have addressed experience, encounter and exchange through the design that you have created. There will be brief feedback or questions from the group. Each student will have 5mins to present their work. A reminder that your own presentation and participation in other student’s presentations (through questions or feedback) contributes to your assessment and deliverables for this project.

You will have until 5pm on Thursday 17th October to submit your poster and video digitally to the Stream dropbox, ensure your blog link is up to date and your blog consolidated and organised with all of your process and research work for this project.

You have until 5pm, Thursday 24th October to complete your reflection form. This reflection form is part of your assessment and hand-in requirements for this project. This is the link to the reflection form.

Last modified: October 16, 2019