SCALA seminar series

The Scala Seminar Series is an hour-long public lecture designed to provide students, staff and practitioners with high quality, relevant information from academics and practitioners on a variety of topics relating to the multi-disciplinarity of architecture, landscape design and landscape architecture.

The series focuses on the synergies of these disciplines by providing a forum for current practice and research in landscape and architecture. CPD points are available to practitioners by the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects, the NZ Registered Architecture Board and Architectural Designers New Zealand.

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(Non) Linear-infrastructure and episode

by Henry Crothers, Landscape Architect/Urban Design, LandLAB, Auckland.

Thursday 1 October 2015, 12.30pm - 1.30pm


Cultural Identity and Kaitiakitanga: Moving beyond the conservation estate

by Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Designer, Artist and Researcher (DWS Creative Ltd).

Thursday 30th July 2015, 12.30-1.30pm

Desna’s work is connected through the kaupapa of exploration and articulation of identity. She has designed, managed and delivered branding, websites, arts and museum exhibitions and events. In her fourth term as Co-Chair of Ngā Aho, Māori Design Professionals Society, Desna is actively involved in Māori Identity discourse in Aotearoa via Treaty of Waitangi research, exhibitions, wānanga and speaking engagements.

Desna’s mahi explores the practical role that design communication can play in bridging gaps of understanding between cultures and business practices in the New Zealand landscape. Kaitiakitanga in relation to landscape is often perceived as a conservationist ethic, precluding human integration and business practice. What does active kaitiakitanga look like? How can culturally connected design improve the articulation of a māori way of knowing the environment and in doing so, support the validity of māori knowledge within science and business practices?

Venue: Building 1, Room 2070 (Lecture Theatre 2, level 2), (The Chapel, level 2), Unitec Institute of Technology, Entry 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert.

Parking available adjacent to Entry 1, around Building 1 or behind Building 12. (View a map of Mt Albert campusView a map of Building 1).

CPD: NZILA CPD 0.5 points (category 3d). NZRAB CPD 10 pts (register to sign at seminar). ADNZ CPD 2 points. For further seminar information or to join mailing list contact swake@unitec.ac.nz. Work Experience points available for attending BLA students (10).


The Moorish legacy - gardens, plants & landscapes from Nthern Morocco & Sthern Spain

by Sue Wake, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Thursday 20th August 2015, 12.30-1.30pm

The Muslim Moors from Morocco in North Africa invaded Spain in 711. They were finally ousted from Andulusia (Sthern Spain) in 1492 (the Reconquista), 250 years after other parts of Spain. As a result, architecture and garden-making in Andulucia persisted in its Moorish influence much longer. The Moorish courtyard (with water axes) references the paradise gardens of Persia, which is spoken of in the Koran. It is also a practical response to the hot climate and Palaces such as the Alhambra typify this. Other layers have since been added – eg the Mudjejar style developed by Moorish craftsmen after Catholic rule was re-instated and the later Spanish influence as seen in the patios of Cordoba and the Carmens & Casas of Granada.

Sue Wake visited Nthern Morocco and Sthern Spain in Oct 2014. In this seminar she will show famous garden examples that reflect the Moorish design similarities between Moroccan and Andulusian gardens, as well as some less well known Spanish gardens and a glimpse at the majestic Atlas cedars, complete with Barbary apes, in their Middle-Atlas Moroccan home.

Venue: Building 1, Room 2075 (Lecture Theatre 2, level 2), Unitec Institute of Technology, Entry 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert.

Parking available adjacent to Entry 1, around Building 1 or behind Building 12. (View a map of Mt Albert campusView a map of Building 1).

CPD: NZILA CPD 0.5 points (category 3d). NZRAB CPD 10 pts (register to sign at seminar). ADNZ CPD 2 points. For further seminar information or to join mailing list contact swake@unitec.ac.nz. Work Experience points available for attending BLA students (10).