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Sat, 13 Jun


Waitaki Community Gardens


This weekend module covers land & weather patterns, site observation, assessment criteria, analysis & evaluation. Understanding of site limitations & resources. Plus the creation of a design brief and base map for a site.

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Time & Location

13 Jun 2020, 9:00 am – 14 Jun 2020, 4:30 pm

Waitaki Community Gardens, Chelmer Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand

About the event

This module covers how to read the natural patterns, land-forms and features of your site.

Techniques of observation and awareness about land-forms, topography, exposure to weather and other factors. 

The atmosphere, climate, weather & micro-climates, forecasting, air quality, pollution, and shade and shelter design. 

Plus, the importance of acknowledging hazards and planning accordingly to reduce exposure & risk.

Followed by onsite design project that covers - design methods, site harassment, mapping, and creating a design brief.


9 am - 10:30 Patterns in Nature and Design

Introduction to the theory of pattern understanding and how it relates to design  and sustainable, efficient living systems in our lives.  Ethics > Principles > Patterns > Strategies > Techniques.

11:00 -12:30 Climate & Weather Patterns

Introduction to Global Climate & Weather Patterns, Regional Patterns, and how we can use these patterns to determine appropriate designs for our area.


1:30 - 3:00 Micrometeorology & Microclimates

Learn how the land, water and air patterns in an area affect the microclimates found in any specific area. We’ll learn some of the forces behind these patterns and learn to recognise a number of these patterns at our site, and then discuss how we can use this knowledge to build our designs.

3:30 - 4:30 Hazards 

Understanding the importance of acknowledging potential hazards on a site; and to plan and design accordingly to reduce exposure and risk. 


9 am - 10:30 Design Methods

Gain an overview of methods and tools available in the process of designing a land or project initiative. These methods integrate rational, creative and/ or instinctive approaches. 

11:00 -12:30 Site  Assessment

Undertake a site assessment to practice the design methods chosen for the site evaluation to gain knowledge of the potential outcome, resources available and limitations. 

1:30 - 3:00 Mapping Exercise 

Using a 3D mapping exercise to understand the site sectors and zones analysis gained to aid a clear depiction of the different components involved in relationship to each other, to aid a workable design and plan. 

3:30 - 4:30 Creating a Design Brief

The brief is a statement of intent to communicate the details of a design process, to show the site and design requirements along with the potential steps the project needs to be undertaken and completed. 



Tickets and Price Options:

$220 = Full weekend ticket

$115 = Saturday only

$115 = Sunday only 

Refreshments provided.

Bring lunch, optional to share with group potluck style


  • Full Weekend Ticket

    Break time refreshments provided. Please bring lunch

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  • Saturday only

    Break time refreshments provided. Please bring lunch

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  • Sunday only

    Break time refreshments provided. Please bring lunch

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