Our Future Avondale


Our Future Avondale is a community-led vision for the future of the Avondale area.   In late September - October 2018 Motu Design  hosted three community-led vision workshops with people from Avondale to explore what is important to them and their communities. The purpose of the project was to enable a community voice to help inform development of the area as significant change is anticipated, and to empower communities to become more meaningfully engaged in the shaping of their city and local neighbourhood to ensure it meets their needs and reflects their aspirations.


The workshops initially explored common values that have been identified, and then looked to identify more detailed design objectives.   The ideas shared were then collated to form the Our Future Avondale document that outlines the community's vision for the future of the area and includes a series of design principles relevant to many types of private and public projects.


The project was undertaken in collaboration with the  Community Empowerment team of Auckland Council and funded by the Whau Local Board.  It was supported by a number of community groups and organisations, including Avondale Community Action.  Around 200 people attended the workshops over the three days with much positive feedback.


Further information about the workshops and the final Our Future Avondale document can be downloaded here

Urban Avondale - an Urban Design Workshop


A community workshop aimed to upskill Avondale residents and stakeholders with an understanding of urban design skills and analysis to support an increase in participation on decision making in the Avondale town centre planning processes.


This 4 hour workshop was funded by the Whau Local Board and included collaboration and facilitation with both Community Waitakere and Avondale Community Action and held at the community run arts space ‘All Goods’ (run by ‘Whau the People’).


The workshop combined a quick fire introduction to urban design followed by hands on design and analysis exercises in groups based on urban design concepts. Motu Design were supported by 5 local facilitators. The workshop enabled a collaborative approach to placemaking and the both the design results and discussions from the workshop were both impressive and effective. Feedback from participants was positive.


If you would like to know more about this workshop let us know.