Isthmus have come a long way since assembling a Women in Leadership group in 2016. Driven by a cross-section of Isthmus wāhine, the focus group and process gave rise to a ‘champion network’ model which has set in motion a number of other social and cultural initiatives, writes CEO Ralph Johns, for Landscape Architecture Aotearoa.
We have been thinking about our different city experiences during lockdown. Isthmus designers; Oriane Merindol, Stefanie Graze, Brennan Baxley, and Frank Hoffmann have developed a tactical master plan that could help re-inhabit the city while maintaining some of the new things we liked. This initiative aims to provide a framework for innovative change by supporting the work of many different groups advocating for a more people friendly Wellington. In this Thinking article Nick Kapica describes how a systematic approach to tactical urbanism could be a catalyst for change.
Landscape architect Zach Barker trained and practiced in the US prior to moving to Aotearoa, where he now works as a Senior Landscape Architect for Isthmus. In this thought piece he examines integrated infrastructure solutions, explores the overlap between landscape and infrastructure and advocates for a holistic approach to ‘Shovel Ready’ projects.
Our social, political, and economic consciousness is shifting as a nation. As we begin to understand and embrace what being Maori can say about Aotearoa, our conversation as designers turns to the land and to the built environment. Damian Powley thinks these deep narratives have as much to say about what once was, as they do about our collective identity. Here he re-imagines a historic portage connection, in a modern city.
After a decade in Auckland Tim Watts, Principal Urban Designer at Isthmus, now lives in the UK. As well as continuing to work for Isthmus, Tim also maintains a role with Homes England’s Large Site team. Here he talks about the parallel worlds of housing need in NZ and the UK and reflects on what lessons there may be for New Zealand.