Design Studio IIIB – Tuakiri_2020

tuakiri – spaces of 21st century wellbeing


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 spatial design constructs and reflects social, political and cultural values and identities.

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?

This semester, all School of Design 358 students will be addressing tuakiri in relation to ideas of wellbeing. You will participate in and reflect on a series of interdisciplinary Exchange sessions to discuss the implications of this with your peers across different design practices.


Project Brief:

This project explores the intersections between space and the politics of identity and wellbeing. Spatial design projects are subject to the codes and regulations of governing bodies and societal systems or narratives, but can also have agency in challenging and shaping those systems. You will be proposing a reimagining of Government House for a purpose that aligns with or critiques a particular wellbeing concern for Aotearoa New Zealand. You will design a multi-programme adaptive reuse of the building (considering ‘adaptive reuse’ in an expanded sense, which could range from a full interior architecture refit to a temporary performative intervention/event) that unpacks the existing programming of the site as a residence, event-space, and stage for the ‘performance’ of nationhood. How does your spatial proposition respond to this context to embody a vision of 21st century wellbeing?

Part 1 (weeks 1-6):

  • site & context research, analysis, modellng & technical drawings
  • critical spatial intervention exercise responding to a selected concern & critical text – initial proposal for adaptive reuse (to include position statement, research, site documentation, masterplan, hero image, code report) with presentation via a website and short video

Part 2 (weeks 7-12)

  • design development, detailing and refinement, including material specification, material detail or prototype (project specific)
  • design communication (written, verbal and visual)
  • developed proposal for adaptive reuse (to include developed Part 1 material + Part 2 design development & material studies + presentation visuals that communicate your overall proposal as well as a selected aspect of the design developed to detail, considering construction, materials, connections, lighting, services, etc.) with an oral and visual digital presentation

Part 3 (week 13)

  • reflect on your project, your practice, and the way in which you engaged with people through both of these. Part 3 includes Exchange reflections.

[See Stream for full assignment brief, learning outcomes and deliverables]


We will be using this blog to post weekly updates and deliverables.
See Stream for resources, readings and digital submissions.


STUDIO 1.1 – Tuesday Wk1:

  • Intro: Tuakiri, Government House, wellbeing, access and protocol around sensitive information associated with the site, the 2019 Wellbeing budget, 
  • Positioning exercises: spatial practice; critical positioning; response to site/context
  • Introduce readings
  • Mural
  • Setting up digital models

Here is a link to the schedule we will be working from, this will be updated regularly and with more detail as we progress through the project.

Please note: We’ll be having tutorials 11am Wednesday starting from Week 2. Please ensure that you can come along to these.

Exchange sessions tbc. – likely week 2 and week 8

Independent Study:

  • Begin creating your digital model – this is independent study for the whole week. We will be addressing these in class and tutorials next week.
  • Site/context research
  • Readings:
  •  For the Spatial Agency reading and one of the articles above identify three key points made in the article and identify a key idea that you that you take away from the writing (approx. 100 words per article)
    • You may also want to refresh yourself on Brooker & Stones’ “Re-readings” chapter on adaptive reuse strategies (see Readings folder on Stream)
  • Review Labour’s “Wellbeing Budget” and select a focus area that is of interest to you.
  • Set up blog and complete blog address form – please note that blogs need to be password protected with the assigned password

STUDIO 1.2 – Friday Wk1:

  • General catch-up
  • Review shared research
  • Discussion of readings responses
  • Positioning your critical spatial practice workshopping: anecdotes and galaxies. This will help to generate an initial response to the brief.
  • Digital modelling update and check in
  • Site visit information – discuss shared resource/site documentation strategies, parking list

Slides from studio today will be posted to Stream at the end of the session.

Independent Study:

  • Continue on with digital model
  • Continue site/context research. This research will be informed and occur as you complete the collage and galaxy exercises.
    • Note – keep in mind parts of the site or information you come across that you might want to enquire about from the tour guide or document more closely whilst at the site visit.
  • Complete anecdote/collage exercise
  • Complete positioning task as outlined in presentation slide ‘Building a response to the brief’  (With the information you have gathered from the positioning exercises consider 3 different spatial responses to your position. Each of these needs to engage with a different spatial condition eg. scale, interior, exterior, programme. Document these in whichever way is most useful to you…)
  • Source your own text in response to an aspect of the Wellbeing budget and an area of critical discourse you are interested in (spatial practice + critical discourse + budget outcome)
  • Come prepared for the session on Tuesday – starting 9am at Government House.
    • Meet at Government House. Please be on time, our tour is only scheduled to start at 9am, so arrival around 8.45am would be preferable.
    • Entry is via the back gate at Hospital Road. There is no entry through the Basin Reserve gate, or through Drummond Street.
    • Please dress appropriately for the mana of the site we are visiting.
    • We have been given permission to photograph and measure the site as needed. Bring measuring equipment (we will bring some too).
    • Let Meg know by 12pm Monday if you are planning to drive so that we can let Govt House know. There is lots of parking.
    • If you can’t make it let Meg know in advance.



STUDIO 2.1 – Tuesday Wk2:

Site visit 9-11

Debrief + independent study 11-12

Tutorial discussion

Tutorial Wednesday 11-12: Digital modelling

Independent Study:

Create your response to the brief that includes:

  • Create a written statement outlining what space/area in Govt House you will be working with or responding to, which wellbeing outcome you are responding to, the (current) spatial outcome.
  • Create a detailed and refined image that captures the key concerns mentioned in your response to the brief. We will be pinning these up and workshopping together on Friday, bring this printed (tiled if needed) to the session. There are examples of these in the slide presentation folder on Stream.
  • Complete deliverables from last week.
    • Continue developing your 3D model in SketchUp/VW. 

STUDIO 2.2 – Friday Wk2:

  • Pin up of images  + peer interpretations of concepts. 
  • Reflection of site visit 
  • Form ‘constellations’ of critical spatial practices. This will help you support and connect with your peers who are considering similar lines of thinking. 
  • Workshop project brief responses 

Independent Study:

  • Identify areas/aspects of the existing site to analyse in further detail through drawing, diagramming, model-making & material exploration. 
  • Identify spatial conditions that these areas offer your response to the brief: eg curtains. 
  • Exploration of 3 possible sites minimum by drawing into plan and section views in whichever representation style you like that can best communicate your ideals visually.
  • Development of Technical deliverables continued.  



STUDIO 3.1 – Tuesday Wk3:

  • Site Responses 
    In groups of 3 – what strategy approach were you working with? Identify this. 
    Discuss what part of the site you were responding to.
  • Making a decision 101
    Answer the questions on a piece on paper 
    Print out and find examples to pin up

TUTORIAL 2 – Wed 11-12pm 10B01 – How to use Adobe XD to make a live website. 

Independent Study:

  • Create a wireframe of your website. How to do this will be covered in the tutorial on Wednesday at 11am. It is important that you attend!
  • Continue to research and design towards your proposal.

STUDIO 3.2 – Friday Wk3:

  • Introduction to critical discourse+theory
  • Workshop galaxies – individual and group
  1. Get into groups based on your response to the brief
  2. Together create a group title and statement of intent. Add to the google slide show in the shared folder (link on Stream)
  3. Write your own individual statement and provide accompanying image. Add this to the slide show under your group.

Independent Study:

  • Continue to develop proposal for critical spatial practice, including exploration of spatial design strategies, research, site analysis. This also includes working on your technical drawing set and website.

Select the spatial practice/approach that you will be using for this project. Create 3 responses (a different outcome) using your chosen approach. Print these out for Tuesday (any and all sizes and visualising techniques encouraged).

  • Find 5 precedent images of your selected spatial intervention and add them to the relevant section of the shared slide show follow this link here.
  • Complete in class tasks

Everything is fluid_ the blog is in the process of being updated for 2020 – beyond this point is no longer up to date….



STUDIO 4.1 – Tuesday Wk4:

  • Master planning

TUTORIAL 2 – Wed 11-12pm 10B01 Video

Independent Study:

  • Continue to develop and test proposal, master plan & spatial design strategies
  • Experiment with website

STUDIO 4.2 – Friday Wk4:

  • Codes – see google folder for slides

Independent Study:

  • Continue to explore spatial design strategies, using design processes (sketching/drawing/making/modelling/visualising) as a way of conducting creative research – ‘thinking through design’ / ‘thinking through making’
  • Code report:
    • Select a legislative/regulatory ‘code’ that your design proposal would need to engage with (e.g. resource management act, building code, one of the sustainable building standards, health & safety / risk assessment)
      • Summarise how/why your proposal engages with the code and explore three specific aspects that will inform your design (e.g. requirements for accessible stairs; number of fire exits; provision of toilet facilities)
    • Select a social/behavioural ‘code’ that your design proposal might engage with (e.g. tikanga, codes of conduct/ethics, etiquette)
      • Summarise how/why your proposal engages with this ‘code’ and explore two specific aspects
    • You can decide how best to display this information – the class suggested/agreed that on your website makes sense. As a rough indication, you do not need to write a lengthy essay, just a succinct report with numbered points and diagrams, equivalent to around 2x A4s or 1x A3 for each code

Deliverables end of Week 4 / start of Week 5
At this point you should have completed:

  • Proposal / critical framing
  • Critical spatial practice experiments (strategies/explorations/visuals)
  • Video & website tests (you will continue to develop these)
  • Code report



STUDIO 5.1 – Tuesday Wk5:

  • 1:1s / working studio – please have all the deliverables above with you and ready to discuss

TUTORIAL 2 – Wed 11-12pm 10B01

Independent Study:

  • Start to compile all material for Wk 6 interim presentation into website/wireframe template. Use placeholders where necessary. Consider how you can incorporate use of persuasive text/type. Have this ready for review on Friday and to share with your Exchange group for feedback on content & communication.

STUDIO 5.2 – Friday Wk5:

  • Review of mock-ups for Wk 6 interim

Independent Study:

  • Exchange reflection – how are you incorporating peer feedback / other perspectives in developing your work?
  • Continue to prepare for Wk 6 interim

Deliverables end of Week 5 / start of Week 6
At this point you should have completed:

  • First go at website, communicating proposal with master plan, text, video, hero image, critical spatial practice explorations, code report, site/context research
  • 2 x exchange reflections from weeks 2 & 5



STUDIO 6.1 – Tuesday Wk6:

  • 1:1s / working studio


STUDIO 6.2 – Friday Wk6:

  • Critique: Proposals for critical spatial practice, presented via website (with text, images & other content) & video


  • Present for critique and submit link via your blog website
    • the website contains all the elements of your proposal for critical spatial practice, including:
      • project title & critical framing / position statement
      • curated (relevant) research & site documentation
      • masterplan (overview of spatial & temporal programme)
      • hero image
      • code ‘report’ and corresponding design parameters that your proposed design will need to consider
    • the website should also contain a short video (and/or placeholder, with video posted on blog), which can be used to explore or communicate any of the above
  • Submit as PDF to Stream: technical drawings of existing site/building
    • Vectorworks (or Revit/Archicad) line drawings, including:
      • plan and section of building/site (+elevation if relevant)
      • more detailed, annotated plan and section of specific site(s) of intervention demonstrating understanding of the existing building/site ‘fabric’ that your adaptive reuse intervention/installation/insertion will engage with
  • Have up to date on your blog:
    • all other research & process work, including critical spatial intervention exercise(s) and previous video exploration(s)


Week 7


-Presentations and discussions to Government House guests

-Reflection on interim feedback. Planning exercise for the next 6 weeks.

-Admin, review schedule, check-in re tutorials, preparation for Friday.

Independent Study – for Friday

For Friday:

6 ‘storyboard’ images. These are of key moments in your design. We will be using these as a way of planning out the next 6 weeks to help you identify the following:

  • What does this suggest you need to focus on?
  • What areas of your design require further development?
  • What requires further detailing?
  • What doesn’t need to be there anymore?

Strategies to help you identify key moments in your design:

  • How does time operate in your design? or your design in relation to time? What is the time signature (or rhythm) of your design, does this change?
  • Step through your design – what do we encounter first….how does it appear at the end (what is the end?
  • Revisit your conceptual framework. How is this being communicated through your design?



-Discussion/check-in: questions for Govt House doc, reflections on storyboarding exercise, outline a plan for week 8-12

-Printout your storyboard and pin up for 11.30am

Independent study for Tuesday:

  • Continue with your storyboard. With this information create a plan for the coming weeks. Post this plan to your blog. Review the project deliverables, identify what elements of your design you will detail eg. detail section to scale 1:5 with product specification (this does not need to be all elements of your design, just those essential to your design proposal).
  • Continue to develop your project

Week 8


  • Pin-ups  – developed storyboards
  • Details and specifications: quick presentation of one project specific approach
  • Details exercise and class trip to the library
  • Exchange moment, 11.45

Tutorial 1pm: annotating sections and details

Independent study for Friday:

  • Complete your detail drawing, drawn to an appropriate scale. Bring this printed to studio on Friday morning and pin up ready for 9am start.
  • Continue to develop and refine your design in response to feedback and discussion in class, your plan for the rest of semester.


  • Draft presentation and red line exercise

Week 9


  • Climate strike discussion
  • Group tutorial and workshop exercise

Tutorial 1pm: Presentation drawings – strategies and tips

Independent study for Friday:

  • Based on your tutorial exercise complete the agreed deliverable, print out and bring to studio.
  • Continue to develop and detail your design.


  • Georgina Stokes to present Mdes project
  • Present and discuss deliverables from Tuesday

Independent study:

Continue to development and refine your project.

Week 10


Go over presentation and hand in.

  • Presentations (digital) in tbc location, Friday 18th October, 9am-1pm. (Week 12)
  • Finalised deliverables, reflection document, blog link submitted to Stream Friday 25th October 5pm. (Week 13)

Presentation guidelines

Group tutorials.

Tutorial at 12.30: Renders in motion

Independent Study for Friday:

Draft #2 presentation, pinned up by 9am. This is an updated, more detailed, with all elements visually represented (we understand these will be at various degrees of completion). We will workshop these with each of you.


  • Review draft #2 presentations, workshop with Oli and Meg.
  • Identify a deliverable to complete for Tuesday.

Admin: Week 12 exhibition, end of year celebration, computers

Independent Study: Continue to develop your project in response to the feedback you received today, complete your identified deliverable.


Group exercise identifying how you are progressing and what you need to work on. Identifying strategies to help you to achieve what you need to for the week.

1:1 tutorials with Meg

Exchange: Show

  • Within the Exchange, “Show” you should primarily seek overarching feedback on your idea and design work in the penultimate week prior to the deadline
  • If anything needs changing or improvement, how can you encourage that information to emerge? How do you get valuable feedback as you approach final production detailing?
  • Discuss the variety of communication and methods of displaying and presenting their work
  • How is “Showing” work different from subject to subject? What could each subject lend the others at the School of Design?
  • How does “Show” differ from “Test”?
  • How have the prototypes, ideas, proposals, or illustrations (concept drawings) progressed from the last time the group met?

Reminder that your exchange moments are part of the assessment for this project. You need to document your experience of these, they will be submitted as part of reflection section of your deliverables.

Independent Study:

Draft presentation #3. Bring this printed out (where ever you are up to with it) and pin up. Please be ready at 9am.


  • Workshop draft presentations together.
  • Individual feedback

Presentation information:

7mins total presentation time (not including feedback).

Week 12

Link to presentation order

9am start: 10C19. Please be ready to go with your presentations loaded up so that we can move swiftly between presenters. You have 7mins to present with roughly 2mins of feedback or comments from our guests, Fleur Gaston and Sven Mehzoud.

There is a break scheduled for around 10.30. All going to time we will be finished by 1pm.

Stream/Week 13 submission

Instructions for submitting your work is on Stream under FINAL SUBMISSION (WEEK 13). Here you will need to upload your digital presentation.

Ensure your blog link is correct/up to date. This forms a significant part of the assessment for this project.

This is a link to the Reflection and Shared Moment form.  This needs to be completed by 5pm, Friday 25th October. You can also find this link on Stream.

Last modified: August 7, 2020