NUWAO Design Project

NUWAO Design Project
An opportunity for young people to design urban environments for the future.

NUWAO stands for Nature-based Urban design for Wellbeing and Adaptation in Oceania. The NUWAO project aims to develop nature-based urban design solutions, rooted in Indigenous knowledges that support climate change adaptation and individual and community wellbeing in different contexts across Aotearoa and Oceania.

Note: This competition took place in 2022 and entries closed in November. Winners will be announced in early 2023 and shared on the NUWAO website.

NUWAO's design competition invited design professionals and practitioners, university students, youth/rangatahi and the general public to envision  innovative nature-based urban design solutions. The competition invites submissions of urban design, landscape design, architecture, temporary structures, interior architecture, public infrastructure and buildings, etc. The scale may be a single site or structure, up to a concept for a whole town or city.

Related Resources

Although the competition has now closed, teachers and ākonga can still access resources by clicking on the link to the website provided above.

To help inspire entrants, NZCER also made available two articles from the 2020 Set Special Issue for free download:
- Envisioning a better future through interrelatedness and whanaungatanga
- Tackling climate-science learning through futures thinking