Ugly Landscapes. Reclaiming the Auckland Portlands
Multiple stakeholders at the port of Auckland — civic, industrial, Indigenous, and ecological — are at odds over its future. Speculative studies propose the removal of port functions to an exurban location. My project explores an incremental urbanism through a series of hybrid architectural operations on the old port. The interventions include allowances for logistics and light industry, reused infrastructures, an extensive network of public spaces, and the phased creation of new ecologies. The design acknowledges the industrial reality of Auckland’s past, present, and future and finds ways for spaces of production, recreation, and civic engagement to coexist.
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