Niamh Cahill

Wellington, New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington

I am a landscape architecture student focused on the human experience in the urban world. My projects have led me to explore urban appropriation, feminism in landscape, and community based design.

Project Title
Our Social Spaces: public and private balance in a state housing community
My thesis is looking at the balance between the public, private and communal spaces in Arlington Apartment, a Wellington City Council owned and operated housing complex. With over 450 tenants, across 3.17 acres of prime Wellington City real estate, Arlington is a unique, maze-like living environment. I am focused on giving people the opportunity to share outdoor space with their neighbors, establishing a social sense of community, and reducing isolation by integrating the site into the surrounding city. How can I design a state housing complex which gives residents the facilities they need, the space they require, and the safe and happy living environment they deserve?
Masters Thesis