2020 News

Read past news stories from the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation's 2020 news archive.

  • Colourful matariki flags designed by David Hakaraia flying in Frank Kitts Park with Wellington City in the background

    Indigenous designs help Wellington celebrate Matariki 2020

    Wellington’s 2020 Matariki celebrations looked uncertain thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown, however since moving out of level 4 we’ve seen a variety of events, celebrations, and installations across the city to celebrate—several of which are thanks to David Hakaraia, Lecturer at the School of Design Innovation.

  • Halfway there exhibition poster

    Furniture design goes digital: new exhibition launched

    Earlier this year students on the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation’s Furniture Design course were tasked with creating a prototype memorial bench to commemorate the life of NZ architect Sir Ian Athfield, in collaboration with Athfield Architects. The original plan was to build and exhibit their proposed benches, but unfortunately lockdown had other ideas.

  • graphic of prototype sitting down MRI machine

    University researchers create innovative MRI technology

    In a collaboration between scientists and designers, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington researchers have developed new technology to make magnetic resonance imaging machines (MRIs) more comfortable, accessible, and affordable.

  • An urban housing estate with modern townhouses.

    Solving housing crisis will take leadership

    Leadership is needed at central and local government levels to help ensure district plans and their administration come to expect more intensive forms of housing in the right areas, writes Morten Gjerde