The Charrette is a real project, exploring the design of a Maori waka/canoe landing site with moorings, interpretation, accommodation and hosting facilities for voyagers. Until the 1950s the site was home to a Ngati Whatua community – the customary Maori owners of Auckland – and Ngati Whatua are the project’s clients. This conjures up images of Pacific voyages by ocean going canoes, navigation by the stars and ocean currents, and the interface between the land and the sea. This is a combination that is uniquely South Pacific and New Zealand; but at the same time the project’s emphasis on cultural expression and the requirement for cultural integrity has a global relevance that reaches far beyond New Zealand’s shores.
The Charette will work out of UNITEC’s Landscape Architectural Studios, and the first night’s accommodation will be at UNITEC’s beautiful Maori meeting house (Te Noho Kotahitanga1) – giving participants an experience no one else at the IFLA World Congress will have. The Charrette starts at 12:00 noon on Sunday 7th with a welcome and the site visit, and after a day and a half of undoubtedly intense design activity, it will conclude with a presentation to the client on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th. The registration cost for the Charrette is NZ$50 which includes transport for the site visit, accommodation on the 7th of April and most meals.
The IFLA World Congress immediately follows the Charrette, with the welcome event on the evening of the 9th; key note presentations and field tours on the 10th; and presentations on the 11th and 12th. Registration cost for students attending the Congress is a very reasonable NZ$150 (although the welcome event and site visits are additional to this).
We hope you will consider attending the Charrette and World Congress. Most students who attend the Charrettes run in association with the IFLA World Congresses view them as a highlight of their studies and I am sure that this one will be no different. It’s an exciting and relevant site that will give participants a truly special experience, and it is of course followed by the World Congress which promises to be interesting, an excellent learning opportunity and a lot of fun in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
We hope to meet you and some of your students at IFLA50 in Auckland next year.
Charrette Convenor and Senior Lecturer
Do check out the website for registration:
or download poster: