Hobson Bay Visioning, Auckland

DATE 

2015 

'Adding Heart to the Bay' shows a bold desire for the betterment of the city and aims to reclaim the landscape that drew our ancestors here. It looks afresh at Hobson Bay with public access at its heart, reinstating a physical relationship with the water that has been degraded for generations. It shows us a blend of urban infrastructure with natural processes and the environment that heals past scars and creates a joyful place that we may truly want to spend time in rather than merely pass through. Aspirations of how we would want to live are so often overtaken by the practicalities of life. 

Visionary projects are an important part of Reset Urban Design's practice, they allow us to expand possibilities and ways to design the landscape. Our idea for proposing further reclamation for the centre of Hobson Bay was a radical thought but it came from working on adjacent Judges Bay and dealing with a legacy of clumsy infrastructure. At Hobson Bay we could not pretend roading rail and marina were not there or screen them out. They had over a hundred years cut right across this large central city bay reducing its access and creating sedimentation. 

Our vision was to purposefully create an island in the centre of the bay - a massive landscape feature that would incorporate and dominate the infrastructure whilst providing greater access to the coast, providing new facilities and increasing the ecological health of Hobson Bay. 

AWARDS 

2015 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) Visionary Landscape Award 

"An ambitious project that looks afresh at Hobson Bay... it illustrates how infrastructure projects can be integrated into our landscape; working with natural processes and the environment" 2015 NZILA Awards citation

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