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Liam Stumbles

Liam Stumbles, University of Auckland School of Architecture.

Photo by David St George

Liam Stumbles, from the University of Auckland School of Architecture, was a finalist with his project ‘Urban Mutations.’

Project description

An unrestrained exploration into the complex relationship between the city and the global environmental crisis, this project takes a position against the simplification of sustainability in architecture and aims to express the true complexity of the issue through a radical vision of a future climate-sensitive city. Research into climatology, radical theory, cyclical development, digital tools, and emerging technologies are the basis for the vision – a future Auckland in which the independent building paradigm has given way to a new era of complex, open-systems architecture.


This courageous project employs evolving technologies within strategies for combating climate change and suggests radical and futuristic ways in which our cities might be reformed, manipulated and reinvented. Liam is commended for the depth of his thinking at the most complex levels, right through to the construction of a bespoke presentation system that shifts the viewer through both time and perspective.

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