Field days in 'meanwhile spaces'
A field day for primary children designed by the Mauri ora and Urban Wellbeing research team: An AUT Sustainability Studio co-design, holistic wellbeing, project with local communities, the Southern Initiative, Healthy Families, Panuku, Auckland Teaching Gardens, and AUT sustainability students at the Papatoetoe Food Hub ‘meanwhile space’. Diagram: Angelica Wong, Dione Tay, Ken Tong, Poppy Schubert, and Tegan Jade Martin.
From 1 March to 31 May 2019, the Building Better Mauriora and Urban Wellbeing research team have run a range of projects aligned with the Papatoetoe Food Hub principles of manaakitanga (hospitality, kindness) and whanaungatanga (making of relationships, connection). They employed a range of tactics to improve local mauri - the integrated wellbeing of people and place - through innovative engagement with under-utilised ‘meanwhile spaces'.
Some projects explored concepts for urban food or gardening initiatives working with local schools, child-care centres, and communities, while others aimed to build local social capacity or connection by designing space for local play groups, work experience, and other community platforms.
AUT co-design project leader: Dr Amanda Yates
Angelica Wong, Dione Tay, Ken Tong, Poppy Schubert, Tegan Jade Martin, Nathan McKenzie, Victor Ma, Caitlin Hogan, Hannah Rayneau, James Fisher, Samantha Cantle, Sophia Whitelock-Bell, Holly Haines, Maria Robinson, Natasha Whyte, Alice Thompson, Ella Forde, Galatea Pepperell, Julianna Jung, Lucy Cossar.
The Southern Initiative co-design partners and respondents – Julio Bin, Ben Maw, George Makapatama, David Rameka.
Healthy Families co-design partners and respondents – Raju Ramakrishna, Nikki Timu, Alex Whitcombe.
Panuku: Helena Chan, Connie Clarkson.
Auckland Teaching Gardens: Graeme Hansen
Date posted: 10 June 2019