13 Dec 2015

Building our buildings - past meets future

From Standing Room Only, 2:49 pm on 13 December 2015

Are 3D printers and other new technology a threat to traditional Maori crafts - or the way of the future that allows more people to be creative? Architecture student James Durcan is working with iwi in Gisborne to not only print bricks but to use them to build a small Whare. James won the top prize in the New Zealand Institute of Architects Student Design awards. Lynn Freeman spoke to James along with finalist John Belford-Lelaulu who studies at UNITEC - he's designed a museum for Samoan treasures, basing the design on the traditional Samoan Tattoo's intricately woven patterns.