Philosophy

We believe...

 

...cities are for people, and supporting the health and well-being of  existing and future communities is at the heart of good urban design.  The Motu Design team are passionate about finding urban solutions specific to the context of  Aotearoa New Zealand that reflect our unique mix of cultures and respect our valued landscapes and heritage.

Our work …

...starts with a thorough understanding of a site, its local context, and its constraints and opportunities, including existing and future potential. This includes respecting the past, restoring ecology, addressing climate change issues, responding to local character and the changing needs of our clients and communities, to more effectively manage growth and change.

Our focus…

...is on the creation of places that support the Mauri (life and health) of our people and environments, both now and for future generations.  We aim to ensure growth, change and urban intensification is managed in way that also complements and enhances other factors, such as the mana of tangata whenua,  the quality of our public realm and waterways, the efficiency of our transport and economic networks, community aspirations and infrastructure requirements.

Our approach...

...is holistic, and founded on understanding and respecting relationships, and the diversity of cultural values and environmental contexts within which our communities live.  This includes respect for the various professions, and the interaction of design, planning and community processes (that include governance and politics as well as direct community engagement). Understanding how these processes support the ability of people to meet community needs and aspirations, impact on the quality of the built environment, and the health of our natural environment is important to effective design, planning and decision making processes.

 

Our practice…

...reflects our values, experiences, research and ongoing professional development.   We actively look to grow and improve our own design practice, and to share our expertise with others through research, teaching, presentations, advocacy, upskilling, projects and collaboration, exploring new ways to explain what we do,  what we value, and why is important to us.