10.30am - Coffee | 11am - Discussion

Be part of the conversation with this panel of thinkers about how built environments can build community.

Do the structures we live and work in ‘set the scene’ for how our lives are lived? How do our shelters define us and our communities? What are the ways we can create shelter without erecting borders?

Join the discussion with urbanism senior lecturer Dr Rebecca Kiddle (Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi), PhD candidate and public art curator Sophie Jerram and landscape architecture senior lecturer Bruno Marques, facilitated by writer and lecturer Dr Tim Corballis.

Presented in partnership between The Dowse & Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

‘Care corresponds to quite an ordinary reality: the fact that people look after one another, take care of one another, and thus are attentive to the functioning of the world, which depends on this kind of care.’ – Sandra Laugier, Ethics of Care

This discussion is part of Human Hand: Fiona Amundsen and Tim Corballis, an exhibition seeking out ways of living in a sprawling, urbanised and militarised world. It explores three history-laden sites in Arizona, United States: Arcosanti, a 1970s experimental micro-city; Biosphere 2, a structure built to test whether humans can live in space; and the Titan Missile Museum, with the largest intercontinental ballistic missile deployed by the US Air Force.

At each site, people have coped differently with the consequences of military capitalism—hoping either to build alternatives, to escape, or to live right at the heart of it.

Exhibition ends 11 October 2020.

Speaker bios:

Dr Rebecca Kiddle is Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi and is a senior lecturer in the Wellington School of Architecture at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on Māori identity and placemaking in Aotearoa New Zealand and the nexus between community creation, social processes and urban design. She also works to develop better participatory design processes to ensure rangatahi and tamariki voices are heard.

Bruno Marques is a senior lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Programme Director for Landscape Architecture in the Wellington School of Architecture at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. His main research interests relate to the integration of indigenous methods in participatory design and place-making in landscape rehabilitation and ecosystem services.

Sophie Jerram is the co-founder of public art programmes Letting Space and Urban Dream Brokerage. Her PhD is being undertaken in a cotutelle partnership with Te Herenga Waka— Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Copenhagen and examines ‘commoning’: the relations and governance approaches to shared space that are formed and transformed through artistic agency, and its relationship to collective Māori land practices in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dr Tim Corballis’s writing deals with how political experience can be reflected in the composition of literary text. He is based in Wellington, where he works as a lecturer at the Centre for Science in Society at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. He has published five novels as well as a substantial corpus of essays and art writing. He has received major awards and prizes for his writing, with his essay ‘Winter’ winning the Landfall Essay Competition in 2013. He has turned to speculative fiction with his latest novel, Our Future is in the Air (Victoria University Press, 2017).


  • Free


  • Sat 29 Aug


  • 10:30 am


  • The Dowse Art Museum
  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, Wellington, 5010