Art in Jasmax: Tactical {Landscape} Urbanism

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Sarah Rothwell

[Tactical Urbanism] is quickly becoming to the ‘newest thing’ in place making. A methodology of design which uses small, temporary interventions to experiment and test outcomes in the public realm, before making them permanent. We’ve explored this topic further in our Perspectives section, read more.

Jasmax Landscape Architects Gary Marshall, Rob Bark and John Allan developed a studio course which delivered this concept to the third year students of Unitec’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture programme. The course challenged participants to explore the idea and implementation of Tactical Urbanism in response to a local environmental and/or social issue.

We're pleased to exhibit a selection of concepts that have applied this tactical theory to sites across Auckland.


Pukekohe Markets: Identifying Pukekohe as an agricultural export hub, the idea was to create a market space for the distribution of local produce where the community can indulge in a more sustainable exchange of distribution from agricultural to urban realms. [Robert Nairn]

Onehunga Shorebird Sanctuary: This project focuses on reintroducing humans to an industrial site situated on reclaimed land, which was rendered uninhabited by a fire in 2008. The key to the project was exploring repopulation whilst causing minimal impact on the species which had established in the area since being abandoned. [Fiona Ting]

Roberta Reserve: A suburban park on the Tamaki Estuary, Roberta Reserve is a significant ecological area for endangered and migratory wading birds. Upgrades to accessibility of the area has seen a resultant decrease in the bird population. The concept for this project was to design inexpensive and temporary interventions to raise awareness and educate the user-community to engage and take responsibility for preserving this reserve. [Aynsley Cisaria]

[re]ACTIVATION: This project explores how tactical urbanism can be used to drive economic viability and business success. In creating a recreation spine through Small Road, Silverdale, the concept encourages a higher level of user interaction and engagement on a key access route to adventure tourism ventures in the area. [Russell Cooper]

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