The Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) in Christchurch was initiated in 2012 as a way to reimagine a city in flux, finding its feet after its devastating earthquake. FESTA is curated by Te Pūtahi, a non-profit focused on the current rebuild and ongoing renewal of Christchurch. In 2016, FESTA’s headline event was “Lean Means”—a night of installation and celebration framed around exploring sustainability through the reuse of waste materials for creative urban regeneration.
For a week in February the SEGD community went OFF GRID in Australia and New Zealand. No one knew what to expect, but everyone came away with a really new and interesting take on the traditional conference asking when will it happen again?
Christchurch suffered a series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, causing loss of life and widespread damage to the city. The University of Canterbury’s campus was acutely affected, triggering remediation works to many buildings and a new building program. This meant that many students would complete their whole time at the University while much of the campus was a building site. The University wanted to keep the changing environment looking vibrant and welcoming for students, staff and visitors to the large and complex campus.
Makara Peak is a world-class conservation and mountain bike park in Wellington. With over 40km of track, it is a playground for mountain bikers, runners and walkers alike in a restored native forest bustling with bird life. The existing signage was outdated and wasn’t fit for purpose, often causing visitors to struggle finding their way within the park.
Massey University student Katie Bevin creates a typographic installation that combines ancient technology with new-age social networking.
For her capstone project in Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, graphic design student Katie Bevin was challenged to combine a rigorous research process with development of typography and a site-specific narrative.
Better by Design grew out of the Design Taskforce strategy, which promotes the use of design as a differentiator for products and services in export markets. The challenge was engaging New Zealand business at a leadership level, and changing the preconceptions of design being associated with aesthetics and output, rather than a fundamental business driver. This demanded a different approach, as images of design would only reinforce the status quo. The solution was to make voice visible.
Urban Tales is a time-based, site-specific piece of environmental typography created by Katie Bevin, a student in the Graphic Design Program, College of Creative Arts at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.
For her final project in 2010, Bevin combined form with shadow to create a temporal typographic narrative in Wellington’s urban Waitangi Park.