DesignLab uses creativity, scenarios and strategic thinking to identify how increasing environmental and ecological outcomes can generate social, cultural and economic benefits. In particular how the character and challenges of Aotearoa New Zealand's unique environment can shape who we are and what we do.

 

SELECTED DESIGN LAB RESEARCH 2014-2017

Oparara Basin

Oparara Basin

Taking part in conservation is the fastest growing recreation activity in this country. Yet for many Kiwis as well as ...
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Te Whenua Hou

Te Whenua Hou

The arrival of irrigation to the Canterbury Plains has resulted in widespread landscape change. Is there any opportunity to co-opt ...
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Eden Project Aotearoa New Zealand

Eden Project Aotearoa New Zealand

The Avon Otakaro gives natural life to the city of Christchurch. Here we have developed a place to reengage with ...
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Mackenzie Country Drylands Park

Mackenzie Country Drylands Park

The shape of our national parks are the legacy of 19th-century landscape concepts. As Geoff Park describes it national parks ...
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Punakaiki Living Lab

Punakaiki Living Lab

When people are asked what activities they do in public conservation lands they talk of walking, camping and sightseeing. Yet ...
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Ararira Wetland Planting Strategy

Ararira Wetland Planting Strategy

Planting native trees is the most popular conservation activity in this country. Everywhere we are seeking to bring back our ...
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Arthur's Pass National Park Conservation Hub

Arthur’s Pass National Park Conservation Hub

Arthur's Pass is the location of the South Island’s first National Park. Less than two hours drive from Christchurch it ...
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Aotearoa New Zealand's 'Arc of Influence'

Aotearoa New Zealand’s ‘Arc of Influence’

The influence of Aotearoa New Zealand is rapidly expanding. While we imagine ourselves located on some isolated islands in the ...
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Kiwi Ranger

Kiwi Ranger

The Kiwi Ranger Programme was developed as an interactive programme for children at all ages. It was implemented across 16 ...
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Wild Heart Exhibition

Wild Heart Exhibition

In September 2017 we are bringing the story of the national parks of Aotearoa New Zealand to Beijing, China. This ...
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Te runanga o ngai tahu social housing

Te runanga o ngai tahu social housing

In this project we brought the values and design strategy identified in Te Whenua Hou into the city. Here a ...
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DESIGNLAB 2017

Dr. Mick Abbott

Dr. Mick Abbott

Mick Abbott is Associate Professor of the School of Landscape Architecture. He is co-leader of Landscope DesignLab. He has co-edited ...
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Woody Lee

Woody Lee

Woody is the co-ordinator of the Designlab, and works into both research and design aspects of the projects, including Arthur’s Pass ...
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Tenille Pickett

Tenille Pickett

Tenille Pickett actively designs and researches into the Design Lab. She is also a Landscape Architecture tutor at Lincoln University. She ...
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Cameron Boyle

Cameron Boyle

Cameron is a researcher within Design Lab. With a background in social science and cultural studies, his research focus in ...
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