waterfront connection

Thomas Keale 3RD YEAR

Landscape architecture is capitalizing on the value hidden with the landscape. Landscape architects manipulate landform to guide peoples movement and views. In this project I made people aware of the value of our harbour by framing the view of the bridge and connecting people to the water. The barges are able to be moved to redefine public space. Connecting people to the water will also create awareness of the bigger issues which landscape architects face, such as cleaning the harbour water and environmental change.

Auckland Waterfront

John Allan 3RD YEAR STUDY

Within an overall masterplan that connects Auckland to its waterfront, this design intervention offers various opportunities to interact with water. The area provides multiple functions - a ferry and water taxi terminal, bar and cafe areas, public lookouts., finger piers and an interactive water feature to rival princess Diana's memorial. The sunken courtyard surrounded by waterfalls produces a Paley Park like atmosphere, while a transparent sea wall allows the public to monitor the shifting tide. 

The Hidden Playground

Rhys Pemberton 4TH YEAR Negotiated Study

There is often a misconception between graffiti and street art. Currently Auckland City has a zero tolerance on graffiti, while cities like Melbourne show how, in the right context, street art can work in a positive manner, creating a sense of place and spaces people want to interact with. By tapping into Britomart's cafe and bar scene, this research showed how street art can transform lane way spaces. 

The lane ways mix public and private areas, with the potential to link Auckland's developing shared space network and other urban realms together. 

Visual Communication

Rueben McPeak 1ST YEAR

This project focuses on a combination of hand drafted work, collaged imagery and digital rendering through the utilization of perspective with photoshop techniques. This creative process enables the landscape architect a better convey of vision.

Using a number of computer aided design techniques, an impression of the kiwi summer escape is created. Inspiration is burrowed from the New Zealand natural landscape and from anticipation of the imminent holiday period. 

Oratia

Daniel Pervan 1ST YEAR 

The role of context, or the regional setting of a place (character), forms an integral part of any design process from historical and contemporary art practice to science, writing, architecture and town planning. For this project students were asked to focus on vegetation as a driving factor for design intervention. By exploring the landscape processes and contextual site information found within the Oratia Valley catchment, they developed a concept plan for the Oratia Community Hall 

Considering this reserve as a memorial and contemplative place was the driver for this design. Being universal 9for everyone) and also remembering the history of the site of Oratia, such as the Dalmations and Europeans who came to Oratia in the 1800's was also important. The main axis has a courtyard (centre of site) surrounded by totara tress. It then leads down to the stream by olive trees which are very European and would give a Mediterranean feel. 

Negotiated Study Parametric Landscapes

Kieran Dove 4TH YEAR

For this project i looked at the potentials of parametric design as a landscape architectural tool. 

Parametric design is a process of designing in an environment where design variations are effortless, thus replacing singularity with multiplicity in the design process. For my research i employe parametric design concepts in designing the greenfield coastal community of Patau North which has an expected population of 5000 people over the next 50 years. 

The real value of parametric design is not so much in generating geometry, but in offering instantaneous feedback  of master plan design information and analysis during the design process. This combined with the effortless testing of the feasibility of designs can add to the quality of the urban environment. 

Quay Street

Nick Sisam 2ND YEAR

The mosaic nature of the built environment channel both foot and vehicle traffic to Quay Street. This acts as a barrier between the city and the water. How can Quay Street be redefined as a pedestrian focused interaction space? My design takes the negatives of existing built form to redefine the space and create a site that encourages engagement with the waterfront.

Urban Acupunture

Dave Parker 3RD YEAR

Urban design tends to focus on a transformation of space to enrage or enrich some function of everyday living, and this is usually achieved through some form of designed urban intervention . The central question for this project was to discover what critical level of difference was required to achieve good urban design. Was it simply a matter of different surface? Or is it a re-deployment of some existing model of urbanism. The task was to find the fulcrum of the site, and leverage the design intervention to create the best possible solution for enlivening the Victoria-Wynyard precinct.  

The aim was  to design a space the encourages users to engage with the existing factors of the site, creating an experience with the history and finer details that give the site its unique waterfront character. Fluctuation of tidal levels was used to create this experience with the waterfront, creating different experiences with the water at different tides. An inclusion of a water taxi terminal creates a site that would be passed through a matter of minutes, therefore 3 separate spaces were designed to create a short, medium an long public engagement with the waterfront.

Quay Street

Matt Lay 2nd year

Landscape Architecture can be applied to different scales and involves both function and form throughout the design process. Quay Street forms both an axis and an edge between the sea and the land. I was interested in breaking down the axis od Quay Street into separate sections. These sections responded to their surroundings and drew on unique features that made up different parts of the street; for example industry, historical architecture and connections to public space.

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Quay Street

Tosh Graham 2ND YEAR

New Zealand by global comparison, has a strong cultural heritage of rural living, however today with a population approaching 4.5 million people, more than 70% of the country's citizens call the urban realm home. As a conceptual design tool, scale, in this project can refer to both spatial and temporal dimensions: processes an form. With this in mind, how can Quay Street become the link between waterfront and city through an investigation into scale and social activation.

Quay Street stretches along the city harbour side creating an axis where numerous spaces exist - activated or not. The brief was to investigate the areas and convey opinions and findings. I found that spaces of interest lay asymmetrically along the Quay Street axis, on the corner of Queen Street and Quay Street, I found a triangulation of sites: 1) The seating harbour side next to the Ferry Building, 2) Queen Elizabeth II Square and 3) Queens Wharf.

Oratia West Auckland

Claire Liesching 1ST YEAR

The aim was to create a design for Oratia that would link the site back to its history as well as bringing people to the reserve. My idea incorporated the previous productivity of the rural land and the central location of the site to civic facilities like the town hall and primary school, turning the site into a social project where the community can unite and work together to manage and harvest a series of community gardens.