Spaces of Making as Spaces of Learning
The making of physical objects has a long history and tradition in humankind, as well as more locally in New Zealand’s culture. DIY is a popular slogan and attitude and is part of the nation’s identity. Making now is becoming viewed as a specialist vocational pathway, and people from other backgrounds do not readily interact with the processes that shape the material and physical world. This thesis addresses how architecture can develop and promote material intelligence in the public realm, particularly by focusing on informal learning that occurs through the process of physical object making.