Spatial Design at AUT

School of Art + Design, AUT University, Auckland, NZ

POTC2: The Social City

THE SOCIAL CITY follows up on our first Project on the City, which looked at the urban condition and development opportunities afforded by the proposed City Rail Link (see last year’s catalogue).

A city is not a single organism made up of buildings, roads, pipes and parks. There isn’t a single organising principle. On the contrary, the city is social, made up of many actors that negotiate, conflict, team up, enable, disable, react, reconfigure, and trigger each other. A city is a human environment, but not all these actors are humans: corporations, government departments, community groups, animals, ideas, emotions, language, plants, micro-organisms, and even rocks are active in the city. In the first Project on the City, we explored how changes to the infrastructure of the central city provided opportunities to reconfigure the experience of the spatial environment. In our second Project on the City, we’re going to explore the possibility of a SOCIAL CITY.

How is the city already social? How can the sociality of the city be devel- oped? Our collective design research will be to speculate on future possibilities for for one of Auckland’s town centres, Otahuhu, identified in the Auckland Plan as a key site for intensification. Our research will be organised into three strands: Time, Detail, and Encounter. Each of these overlapping themes will provide a different way to approach the question of the Social City.

Download the brief, including information about all ten studio units, here.

There’s an important meeting for all students on Monday 16 July, at 10am, in the Conference Centre in WA building. This is where you will fill out a preference form so we can allocate you to a studio group.