Manfredo Manfredini
Uwe Rieger


This section considers forms of collaboration in situated and community projects embedded in important spatial transformation processes in New Zealand cities. It aims to shed light on specific combinations of material and semantic aspects characterising the relation between people and their environment. Contributions focus on participative urban transformations. The essays that follow concentrate on the dynamics of territorial production of associations between multiple actors belonging both to civil society and constituted authority. Their authors were directly engaged in the processes that are reported and conceptualised, thereby offering evidence gained through direct hands-on experience. Some of the investigations use case studies that are conspicuous examples of the recent post-traumatic urban development stemming from the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-2011. More precisely, these cases belong to the early phases of the programmes of the Christchurch recovery or the Wellington seismic prevention. The relevance of these experiences for the scope of this study lies in the unprecedented height of public engagement at local, national and international levels, a commitment reached also due to the high impact, both emotional and concrete, that affected the entire society.

This article is an introduction to contents of Chapter III.


How to Cite
Manfredini, M. and Rieger, U. (2017) “Dynamics of territorial production in situated and community projects”, The Journal of Public Space, 2(3), pp. 129–134. doi: 10.5204/jps.v2i3.121.
Chapter III
Author Biographies

Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning

Manfredo Manfredini has consistently been involved in fundamental and applied research projects, both locally and internationally research over a wide range of topics in architectural theory and criticism, as well as in design at architectural and urban scales. After teaching architecture and urban design in Italy, Germany and China, since 2010 he has been teaching architecture and urban design at the University of Auckland. His current research interests address post-urban spatialisation forms and correlated design aspects, particularly focusing on valorisation, re-qualification and redevelopment of architectural and urban heritage; affordable and special housing; and education in architecture. Each of these areas has been successfully developed in collaboration with international and multi-disciplinary teams, as proven by the track record of consistent publications, successful grants (national and international) and awards (e.g. first price Biennale di Venezia, Sironi Group), and invited participation in major global events (e.g. United Nations Habitat III conference).

Uwe Rieger, University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning

Uwe Rieger studied physics and architecture in Germany. He was the co-founder of the interdisciplinary group kunst und technik e.V. and the architecture office XTH-Berlin. His work on Reactive Architecture is based on mixed reality concepts. Since 2006 he is Associate Professor for Design and Design Technology at the University of Auckland, where he has established the arc/sec Lab for Digital Spatial Operations.