LIVING LOCALLY IN THE AUCKLAND BIOREGION

Saturday 6 NOVEMBER 2021 9am – 5pm

Central Auckland

TUTORSGary Marshall and Finn Mackesy


  • “The question Where are we? has a deep, sustaining ring to it. It is a simple question with a deceptively complex answer.”
  • Robert Thayer

“The question Where are we? has a deep, sustaining ring to it. It is a simple question with a deceptively complex answer” (Robert Thayer). This workshop asks participants to explore what it means to live locally in the Auckland bioregion. Through a series of discussions and design exercises, participants will investigate concepts and design strategies that seek to enrich their neighbourhoods and bioregion. The workshop includes a site visit to an on the ground example of a bioregional design and development initiative and talk with people involved.

In the case of a lockdown due to Covid19 we are geared up to deliver the programme via an online format if necessary. For more information please see our Programme Information PDF.

Retrofitting the Auckland Bioregion workshop image

COURSE CONTENT

Introduction to – Bioregionalism and Life Place theory; Bioregional and neighborhood audit and stocktake; Design strategies for retrofitting bioregions and neighbourhoods; Re-localization and Transition Culture – the Transition framework and the 12 Touchstones; Local, national and international best practice examples; Integrated Catchment Management, landscape ecology and settlement design.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Develop a deepened understanding of the Auckland bioregion
  • Develop an understanding of the key principles of sustainable design and retrofitting
  • Develop strategies for living locally, enriching and retrofitting the Auckland bioregion for a sustainable and resilient future
  • Develop an understanding of retrofitting existing structures
  • Apply the day’s learning to a practical design activity
  • Identify opportunities and challenges to applying the day’s learning

LINKS + REFERENCE MATERIAL

  • Relocalisation
  • Life Place, Bioregional Thought and Practice
    ROBERT L. THAYER, 1999
  • A Field Guide to Auckland: Exploring the Region’s Natural and Historic Heritage
    CAMERON, HAYWARD AND MURDOCH, 2008
  • How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built
    STEWART BRAND, 1994
  • The Localization Reader
    RAYMOND DE YOUNG and THOMAS PRINCEN (EDS), 2012
  • How to Thrive in the Next Economy
    JOHN THACKARA, 2015
  • A Design Agenda For Bioregions
    JOHN THACKARA, 2017