Robert Nairn 3RD YEAR
HOW CAN LOCAL PRODUCE BE BETTER DISTRIBUTED IN A LOCAL COMMUNITY THROUGH TACTICAL URBANISM?
Pukekohe is one of New Zealand’s largest agricultural growing hubs situated on rich volcanic soils 40 kilometres south of Auckland’s CBD. It is one of the countries largest urban growing cities with a current population of 30,000 expecting to rise immensly as Auckland’s residency crisis increases.
The majority of local produce grown in the district is distributed into the wider context of Auckland mostly through supermarket chains with only a small portion of it being available for direct distribution into the community of Pukekohe. The potential of the locality of the agricultural realm in Pukekohe could be better utilised, allowing the community to have direct availibilty to agricultural resources.
The underlying concept of this project was to apply tactical methods of design to an urban space that are reletively cheap, temporary and serve as a test. The idea was to create a market space for the distribution of local produce where the community can indulge in a more sustainable exchange of distribution from agricultural to urban realms. The site for this experiment is Devon Lane, a service lane intersecting and running parallel behind the shops of the two main streets in Pukekohe.
Activation of market space is frequented on weekends, with shipping containers to serve as stalls or storage for market necessities. Painted surface stripes that extend across Devon Lane have inset text at certain locations to provide awareness of destinations and also provide a linear arrangement for the layout of marquees.