How might different knowledge systems interweave without losing their distinctiveness? In a Government funded project on the Horowhenua in Aotearoa New Zealand, Penny Allan, Huhana Smith and Martin Bryant, accompanied by iwi and hapu from the Kuku Community north of Wellington, considered a future that embodies Māori knowledge, the science of climate change, ecological thinking and the practices of design and art. Their project, in ancestral lands that are subject to destruction by current dairy farming practices and future climate change impacts, has been the subject of a number of publications and exhibitions. In this discussion they will expand on the potential for aligning methodologies to enhance the resilience of the land and its people.
Penny Allan is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Technology in Sydney. Her three most recent design research projects MOVED to Design, Earthquake Cities of the Pacific Rim, and Rae ki te Rae, deal with the relationship between environment, culture, resilience and design and have all received national awards.
Huhana Smith (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga) is an artist and academic with wide-ranging experience in Māori visual art and museum practice, exhibition planning and implementation, indigenous knowledge and science research. She is currently Head of Whiti o Rehua | School of Art, Toirauwhārangi | College of Creative Arts, at Massey University, Wellington
Martin Bryant is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at UTS and a practising landscape architect, architect and urban designer. His globally significant research led to his authorship of urban ecology and resilience policy paper for United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito in 2017.
Lectures are 25-30min talk followed up by 5-10 mins Q&A
Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 8am (NZ Time)