Auckland City, New Zealand

Auckland City, New Zealand

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

images of final flip, pop up book

This was my final hand in:
I prinetd out the photographs of the two public squares i had taken and put the people i talked to in under pop up images.
Then made a large book out of it!

Pop Up book

How to make a type of pop up book :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Final proposal

So after visiting each park and taking photos, i have narrowed it down to looking at two parks in particular. Fryberg place near high street, and aotea square. The two concrete parks. After talking to some people in those parks, i recieved better feedback tahn i expected. People are very willing to tell me what they are doing and why they are there, and i got some very good answers.

Now i am working on putting together my book of images. I am thinking of making a pop up book of some kind, to show interactivity, like the people interact with the parks.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Revised Mapping Proposal

I have refined my mapping ideas down a little and have decided, after talking with Kathy, to focus on comparing certain parks and urban spaces within Auckland City.

My Aim:

to visually record and map the uses of public space in Auckland city

The Spaces i have chosen to look at initially are :

- Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland Central

- Freyberg Square, High Street, Auckland Central

-Albert Park, Princes Street, University of Auckland Campus, Auckland

- The Auckland Domain, Domain Drive, Grafton, Auckland

I have chosen to compare these particular spaces as "concrete parks" versus "green parks".

Aotea Square is a large area consisting mainly of concreted area, although there is some grass aswell. Its main uses are for the markets in the weekend. As it is in the central city people do frequent it at lunch times, and is it a throughfare for people going to the Aotea centre for concerts.

Freyberg square is the opposite in some ways. It also is a concrete park, but is what we call a 'Pocket park' (a small park hidden within the city, for the public to access). It also is frequented by business people at lunch times.

I wish to compare the two concrete parks above to two green parks.

Albert park is a large area of grass, trees and pathways. Being right by the university it is generally quite busy, especially in summer time. Its pathways lead to all different parts of the city, so it also is a thoughfare for students and business people alike. Mainly people go there to relax and enjoy the sun.

The auckland Domain is also a large green area. It has a variety of activities, such as the Auckland Museum, the gardens, duck ponds, sports fields and many more. I am comparing this space as it is similar to albert park in it being a green area, but differs so much with the activities that occur there.

I wish to compare these spaces possibly once during the week days and also over the weekend. I intend to go three times on each day i choose, Morning, Midday, and night. This is to see how the activities change over the course of the day, and achieving my goal of seeing how public space in Auckland city is used.

My Methodology:

I am mainly concerned with the activities of people in public spaces, so wich to talk to people and ask them why they are there and what draws them to that particular place. I want to observe the activities and see how the space is being used.

One idea i was presented with was to ask people to hold a board with the reason they were there written on it. eg "i come to albert park to enjoy the sun at lunchtimes"

I would like to make a booklet of some kind to documnet this.

Page 1: a map of auckland with the particular place i looked at marked on it.

Page 2 : A panoramic photograph of the space/park in question

Page 3 : The photograph of the person/ people holding the board. (morning, noon and night images on separate pages)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Original Mapping Proposal

Urban Suburbia

For my mapping project, i want to look into the urban spaces in suburban Auckland.

To do this i aim to look at suburbs in the greater auckland area ( maby 10 or so from each district - North, South, East and West Auckland), and choose the main public areas, parks or squares, and photograph the activities and people there. This is to show the wide variety of cultures and activities occurring across Auckland City and to show diversity of public spaces.

My main focus is looking at people and how they use their public spaces. Different ethnic groups and social gropus will use their spaces differently, for example; market days, sports, skateboarding, rest and relaxation.