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Soak it Up: Designing with and for Flooding

Posted 18 04 2024

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Critical thinking in action. Photo credit: Unitec.
Critical thinking in action. Photo credit: Unitec.
Unitec Students putting practice into action

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture students were invited by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to rethink the design of Okahu Bay. The historical significance of Okahu Bay as the location of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei ancestral kainga adds a layer of complexity and importance to the project. The fact that the kainga was destroyed in the 1950s underscores the significance of the project to reconnect with the cultural heritage of the bay

The challenges posed by flooding, especially in the context of climate change, highlight the urgency and necessity of rethinking the design of the park. Students considered the park’s connection to the larger landscape, particularly Takaparawhau and the Waitamata, emphasising the interconnectedness of landscape

The involvement of critics Aimee Kopeke, Jessica Hiscox from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and George Woolford from Beca, was critical in provided important and constructive feedback. Their insights will help shape the students’ designs and contribute to finding innovative and sustainable solutions to the environmental and ecological challenges

Overall, this project has practical implications for addressing flooding issues and holds significant cultural and environmental importance for Tamaki Makaurau.