Articles, Popular Press and other Research Publications
HECHT, K. & PEDERSEN ZARI, M. 2019.
Strategies for Designing Urban Ecosystem Services Diagram (alpha test version)
A qualitative relational diagram in an online interactive format that relates ecosystem services concepts to design strategies, concepts, technologies, and case studies in a format for use by built environment professionals.
Wellington City Council, Wellington.
Wellington is one of a select few cities internationally that are named as ‘Biophilic Cities’, and is part of a growing movement where ecological restoration, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning are deliberately used to heighten the physical, psychological, and economic benefits that contact with nature bring to city inhabitants. By showcasing Wellington’s special sites of nature in the city, nature activities on offer, and places where our urban fabric reflects our love of nature, the Wellington Nature Map project firmly cements Wellington’s reputation as a leading global nature city.
BLASCHKE, P., CHAPMAN, R., HOWDEN-CHAPMAN, P. and PEDERSEN ZARI, M. 2020
Wellington Scoop. April 30.
One of the upsides of the Covid-19 lockdown has been discovering the pleasures of our neighbourhoods as we walk, cycle and socialise in local parks, streets and walkways – safely of course. We all know of the benefits that physical activity and contact with nature have for our wellbeing, and this is backed up by recent research. But we, along with many others, have also been discovering that not all parts of our local open spaces and trail network are ideal for this increased activity, in spite of the generally excellent work done over the years by the Wellington City Council on our parks and reserves.
MACKINNON, R. and PEDERSEN ZARI, M. 2020
Business Scoop. May 20.
It seems an ordinary scene: a sunny day in the park, dogs bounding across the grass; parents chasing after energetic children; lovers on picnic blankets. However, with the pressing reality of the covid-19 pandemic, things are far from ordinary. Here, we must still remain spaced apart, and we should really be at home, ‘staying safe, saving lives’ as the Prime Minister has urged. Why then did we want to go to park? What brought us there?
BAKSHI, N. and PEDERSEN ZARI, M. 2020
Stuff Environment. April 15.
Buildings soak up the sun's heat, but research shows that white roofs and surfaces can reduce temperatures inside, particularly during heat waves. Does the white roof concept really work? If so, is it suitable for New Zealand conditions.
PEDERSEN ZARI, M. and CRUZ, E. 2016.
Growth in Living Buildings.
BUILD, 153, April 82-84.
Mimicking the shapes and materials of nature typifies the emerging field of living building design. Although requiring a rethink of traditional design, it could deliver buildings more sympathetic to people and the environment.
PEDERSEN ZARI, M. 2010.
Regenerative Design for the Future.
BUILD, 115, Dec 2009 / Jan 2010 68-69.
Despite rapid increase in the uptake of eco-efficiency in the built environment, which is to be encouraged, it is necessary to consider whether current actions are sufficient to bridge the gap between the existing built environment in New Zealand and what would constitute a truly sustainable built environment. Given the seriousness of environmental issues such as climate change, and the timescale some experts suggest is available to make changes to avoid irreversible and substantial damage, eco-efficiency may not be an adequate response to the problem beyond the short term.
PEDERSEN ZARI, M. 2007.
Nature Inspired Design.
BUILD, 102, Oct / Nov, 90-91.
Biomimicry, where flora, fauna or entire ecosystems are emulated as a basis for design, is a growing area of research in the fields of architecture and engineering. This is due to the fact that it is an inspirational source of possible new innovation and also because of the potential it offers as a way to create a more sustainable and even regenerative built environment...
Interviews / Opinions
PEDERSEN ZARI, M. & LATAI-NIUSULU, A. 2021
New research looks at climate impacts on Pac urbanisation
Radio New Zealand National interview. Aired 28 January.
L. Hanly reporter.
'The pressures of climate change on the Pacific's cities and towns will be the focus of a new project about to get underway. Those behind the Victoria University project - which has received $870-thousand in Marsden Grant funding - say there's an urgent need to address urbanisation pressures they say are harming ecosystems and wellbeing...'
TE, M. 2019
Stuff Business. October 22.
'...Victoria University of Wellington's deputy head of the school of architecture Maibritt Pedersen Zari said there was no reason why some new builds could not be accessible to older people and those with disabilities. "The more inclusive we can be, the better our city will be. The more barriers we can remove, the better." ...'
WILKES, M. 2019
Stuff Life & Style. August 27.
'... Dr Maibritt Pedersen Zari, a senior lecturer in sustainable architecture from Victoria University agrees: "We won't be able to always rely on existing urban green and blue space as population increases in our cities and the built environment densifies. We need buildings themselves to become green spaces." '
PEDERSEN ZARI, M & WHALE, R., 2015
Re-framing the Great Outdoors.
Radio New Zealand National interview. Aired 20 May.
'From home grown vegetables to living walls, roof-top and pop-up gardens, to the humble indoor plant: nature is taking centre stage with gardening enthusiasts happily showing off the fruits of their back yard labour across Facebook and Instagram, and as it turns out, there is a global movement bringing architects and designers together to actively look for ways to incorporate 'green thinking' and the idea of sustainable living into the urban environment'.