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TED x Tutukaka - Tapuwae: Footprints in Our Sand

Zoë Avery and Renée Davies were two inspiring speakers chosen to share their “great idea” to 100 delegates at the first TEDxTutukākā event held on 7 April, 2018. The theme of the event was Tapuwae - Footprints in Our Sand. Zoë and Renée spoke about designing living roofs to maximise benefits for the built environment, people and nature. Explaining a local example, the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Maori Art Gallery, where they have had the privilege of working alongside a large and dedicated group of people to champion a living roof project in Whangarei.

TEDxTutukākā later posted on their Facebook page "my favourite bit was when...."  for the 2018 event, where a delegate Kirsty responded "for me, it was when Renee & Zoë put up their beautiful slide showing what Whangarei CBD COULD look like - with a green and vibrant heart - and there was a collective quiet 'ooooo' from the audience and someone close to me said 'that's what we need'" and another delegate responding “same Kirsty. What a beautiful vision these 2 have.”

The Hundertwasser project is a fantastic example of how a building and its living roof, designed in consideration of living urbanism, can add to the vibrancy and well-being of a local community.  Living Urbanism is a set of design principles that reflect the sensory connection between humans, the built environment and nature. Design outcomes aim is to make environments more