Monday, July 13, 2015

WELCOME BACK! After a 2 year hiatus this seminar at the School of Architecture and Planning (University of Auckland) has been renamed Cities within the City and is now co-taught with Jon Rennie.

This seminar questions the popular presentation and understanding of cities (and in fact nations) as singular, complete or designed. Considering the city/nation as an archipelago of networks, infrastructures, operations, situations and conditions and through readings, interpretation of data, identification of situations and by studying the interactions of different urban and wider spatial logics, we will endeavor to discover and make present other cities within the city of Auckland. We will also expand this notion to look for other nations within New Zealand or other versions of New Zealand’s place in global frameworks . In turn we will develop a pluralistic knowledge and contingent approach to urbanism and the social and economic realm in which architecture dwells. Concurrently we will investigate how this city and country is represented and described, asking "rather than with rendering, or perhaps GIS, how might the gist of this city/country, and the interactions within and beyond them, be conveyed?"

In 2015 the Cities within Cities seminar will focus on making these other versions of Tamaki Makaurau Auckland and Aotearoa New Zealand visible through moving image/ data visualization / animation. Working with experts from this field, projects developed in this seminar will be tuned to contribute to FUTURE ISLANDS the New Zealand Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennial of Architecture.        

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


The course Visualising Research and Communicating Places is in hiatus for 2012, it will return in 2013. In the meantime if you wish to contact me please do so k.waghorn(at)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Schedule

Due to the cancellation of the field trip this week I have had to re-jigg the schedule for the rest of the semester. I want to make sure that we fit in some further discussion of readings and some field trips as well as setting aside time for individual tutorials on your project work. This is my current proposal, although for weeks 9 and 10 I still need to get confirmation.

Week 8 / 21 Sept
Please look at the following readings, choosing one that you read in depth, being prepared to discuss in relation to the questions:

De Certeau, M. (1984) Spatial Stories. From The Practice of everyday life. Berkely: University of California Press. 115-130. (Start at page 117, end at new section on page 122)
1- List the attributes on place and the attributes of space in terms of De Certeau's analysis.
2- What do stories do in terms of places and spaces?
3- Summarise the difference between maps and itineraries.
4- De Certeau identifies an important historical change in mapping practices. What is this change, why did it occur and why does De Certeau think it is important?

Wortham-Galvin, B.D. (2008) Mythologies of placemaking. Places: forum of design for the public realm. Vol. 20, No. 1. 32-39
1- Wortham-Galvin suggests a number of motives for the enactment of place. What are these? Locate some visual material of examples. (Hint, think advertising.)
2- What does the term tabula rasa mean? Why is this an important concept in terms of the example of North America that this author discusses?
3- Why does Wotham-Galvin think that shared myths of place are powerful and important? Why does this have implications for virtual and technologically mediated places?
4- Summarise the critique of New Urbanism given in this article. Find two other discussions of New Urbanism, one from a founder
of it and one from another commentator. What are their views?

Abrams, J. & Hall, P. (Eds.). (2006). Where/Abouts. From Else/where: mapping new cartographies of networks and territories. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Design Institute.
1- What key aspects of maps and or mapping does this author(s) discuss?
2 -Why do they consider mapping to be an important process?

NB* When copying images/texts make sure you reference the source.
The second part of the class can be used for individual tutorials.

Week 9 / 28 Sept
Project Twin Stream field trip (tbc)
Planning students are going on their own trip and cannot come to this class so as its is a small group we will organise to travel by car or train.

Week 10 / 5 October
"Your Are Here: mapping Auckland" field trip Auckland Museum (tbc)

Week 11 / 12 October
Group meeting exhibition design followed by individual tutorials

Week 12 / Crit week no class

Week 14 Exhibition - details TBC

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


trip today canceled due to high winds, lets just meet in our usual room, Kathy

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Field Trip this week

Hi all,

just a reminder that we are going on a field trip for class this week. We will be starting early, meeting outside 26 Symonds Street at 8:50am. The Ritchies transport bus will take us all to the Corbans Estate Art Center in Henderson where we will be talking about Project Twin Streams. The bus will return us to the university by 12:00 midday.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Class next week, Wed 17 August

Hello all,

Thanks very much for your attendance and open mindedness in today's session. It's a big jump from reading philosophy on "place" one week to looking at effluent the next! We probably need to spend a little bit f time next week stitching these things together.

As you know we have had to delay the field trip until after mid semester break. I had suggested that next week (week 5) we would return to our usual class format, discussing the readings that we are yet to get to. However I have now realised that we WILL NOT have a formal class session in week week 6 as academic staff in the Tertiary Education Union will be on a one day strike. This includes me. (For further info on strike action please see I expect that the university will also publish information for students via the web page).

Therefore I think its really important that we move your seminars forward so that you can work out if you are on track prior to the mid semester break. So be prepared next week to use 10 –15 mins of class time outlining your water mapping project. Look at the assignment in the course reader for a guide to what you should be talking about and showing. (Alex and Sally, I know that you will be missing this class, please email me to make a time for us three to meet separately.)

Next week we can also work out what you would all like to do in my absence for week 6. There are some options that I can put to you.

Ka kite

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Class next week, Wed 10 August

To confirm, the seminar class next week will take place in Building 110, the Thomas Building. This is at 3 Symonds Street, it is the concrete building over the road form the Music School. The entrance to the Thomas Building is on the old Government house side, the side facing away from Symonds Street.

We will meet in the Thomas Building foyer at 9:50. Clark Ehlers will then take us to the lecture room so YOU CANNOT BE LATE, or you will be lost and left behind . . .

The programme for the morning is:

Kiely McFarlane, PhD student in Geography
This presentation will draw on an understanding of the physical geography of New Zealand rivers, based on courses taught within the School of Environment, as well the experiences of Gary and his students with rivers (and river communities) in the Auckland region. It seeks to build an appreciation of the diversity and uniqueness of river ecosystems in Auckland and wider New Zealand. The conflicts that have arisen around these landscapes and the community level response to river degradation will be explored.

Dr Clark Ehlers, Centre for Microbial Innovation, School of Biological Sciences
Wastewater treatment processes and how it interconnects with other water bodies & different scales of operation

Clark will take us to his lab where we will have a basic water microbiology lab (mostly around microscopy work looking at stream biofilms, sludge samples, petri dishes etc).

See you all there