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. 

supporting transformational learning

Kōrerotia ka wareware         
Whakatūngia ka mahara        
Whakamahia ka mohio         

Tell me and I will forget
Write it down for me and I will remember
Involve me and I will understand

—Frontispiece to Tony Watkins, The Human House, 2009


This paper will be run slightly differently to your previous projects, it will require you to hit deadlines faster, work in groups for selected tasks and design at a quicker pace. 

Based on the idea from the book Scrum – The Art of twice the work in half the time, By Jeff Sutherland. This book touches on the ability to simplify life, work, increase focus and get more done in less time. Which at present feels appropriate and more manageable. (this is in the shared folder if you would like to read it.) 

Think of the tasks we will be doing as a series small sprints. Getting you to research, question, observe, simplify, draw, model, interrogate, reflect, act and adapt your ideas, thinking and process continuously. 

Understand that conditions will change and will require you to adapt to new designs and issues that will arise. With each sprint the idea is that you will in turn add another level of developmental thinking, process and detail. Which in my experience is how working in practice transpires. 

You will be meeting all learning outcomes required of you, but the process of how we get there might feel a little different to our normal way of working.

“[We] have forgotten how to hear, communicate, and participate in meaning making with our places on the living earth.”

— Gruenewald, Foundations of Place, American Educational Research Journal, Autumn 2003, p.624


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 define/refine exactly what it is you or your group is offering 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?



With the outbreak of Covid19 all boarders have been shut down everyone’s ability to journey to other countries to connect, learn and experience culture, heritage, history and way of life has been put on hold.

How can we continue to share the essence of our country and culture and in return also develop a deeper understanding of other cultures? How can we continue to make connections, share knowledge and understanding?

For this project, you are to create a transformational learning experience This will be a mobile space/ story lab. This experience is to reflect cultural understandings embedded in Maori values / world view ideas of social relationships, interconnectedness with each other and our natural environment. Tautoko our unique cultural heritage.

Together we will explore how a space can embody and transport past, present and future stories that inform how we care for ecologies and enhance the wellbeing of people and places. To share it with the world.

“If a culture does not grow to embrace the new and unknown, it risks irrelevance.”

Through the development of this project we will explore how space can embody and transport past, present and future stories that inform how we care for ecologies and enhance the wellbeing of people and place.

The shipping container is an absolutely ubiquitous object even if most of us have no direct contact with it. But what is this thing? Where has it been, and where is it going? The shipping container has a created role as a distributive space for the objects involved in extensive global networks – a box of ubiquity and vessel of choreographed capitalism but their use slides and morphs and may end up in dark places of knotty politics.

Week 7 / SPRINT / Focus on Technical Drawing

1) Introduction to project and brief.

2) Group exercise – Break into your assigned groups. Each group will be assigned a reading to read, discuss, interpret and share with the class for on Friday. 

3) Task 1 – Technical Drawing “shipping container” 

4) Exploded Diagram – Due following Tuesday

Week 8 / SPRINT / Focus on Making Connections – Context

1) Introduction overview of week 8

2) Group exercise -Indigenous Maori Knowledge and Perspective ecosystems (Discussion Tuesday)

3) Task 2 – Making Connections exercise 

4) Pūrākau – Research, Experience & connections – Due following Tuesday

5)New Reading – Mäori cultural regeneration: Püräkau as pedagogy Due Friday 


Last modified: May 10, 2020