Jeremy Treadwell & Yun Sung – ‘Rebuilding Tāne Whirinaki: A Digital Projection’ Thursday 27 March, 12pm Design Lecture Theatre


Jeremy Treadwell & Yun Sung

Thursday 27 March, 12pm Design Lecture Theatre

Rebuilding Tāne Whirinaki: A Digital Projection

The great whare Tāne Whirinaki was built by the Ngatira chief Hira te Popo at Waioeka in 1874, to restore the iwi’s mana following the illegal land confiscations imposed after the killing of the German missionary Carl Völkner.  Tāne Whirinaki became implicated in ominous prophesies by Te Kooti. This association and disturbing events on the marae led to the house’s acquisition of frightening tapu. Demolished in 1930 and unable to be rebuilt, the whare carvings have been in storage since that time.

In 2010 the School of Architecture began a collaborative project with Ngatira to look at reconstructing the whare. This lecture is the story of the first stage of that project; to reconstruct the house as a walk-through digital model to provide this generation of the iwi with their first view into Tāne Whirinaki.

Jeremy Treadwell is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning. Jeremy is engaged in doctoral studies investigating the structure of the large 19th century Māori meeting houses. Yun Kong Sung graduated with a Master of Architecture (Professional) at the University of Auckland. His current work encompasses archaeology and conservation using 3D scanning, automation of prefabricated single living units, and building visualisation through augmented reality.

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