Architecture NZ May-June 2020

Architecture New Zealand is the journal for New Zealand’s architects. For over fifty years it has been at the centre of the profession – keeping architects informed, inspired and engaged with reviews of the latest projects, insightful commentary on key issues and critical discussion of practice matters.

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4 min

OF THE MANY INSIGHTS COVID-19 brings, the realisation that our economy is built as a house of cards is one of the more sobering. Two months into this global pandemic, what seemed so substantial and glittering – booming cities, 24x7 global travel, always-on connectivity – is tottering, reeling and falling down. Amidst the carnage, we see the house has a frighteningly vulnerable foundation. At Architecture NZ, most of our advertising revenue disappeared in a puff of smoke. You tell us the magazine is worth fighting for. To survive, we ask you to subscribe. Thanks to those who have. We hope many will join us. Your messages of support are an ongoing documenting of reader power and our Covid resistance. You tell us why we must continue. It begins with a 70-year legacy,…

5 min
uncertain times

WELL, WHO’D A THOUGHT IT would come this way, some goddam little bug that no one can see, sneaking in and laying waste the party? I thought the end would be apocalyptic, the skies falling, the inexorable flooding of low lying lands, a slow incremental gridlock and descent into torpor. That, for a season or two, we might smugly congratulate ourselves growing grapes in Southland before the land dries and cracks there too. I thought, too, there would be some celestial sign of the heavens falling, not some lightning fast vector hiding in a hug or a handshake, dismantling globalisation at the speed of a trans-Atlantic flight. I am writing some weeks before you read this and cannot know how the Covid-19 virus will have played out in the interim. I…

6 min
environmental emergencies

IN NO LESS THAN THREE editorials in under a year, Chris Barton has repeatedly flagged his concern around the lack of any real response from the architectural community addressing climate emergency. While addressing the negative effects of demolition and construction on our planet’s health, he has dismissed the usual arguments for ‘progress’ to instead focus on pure environmental responsibility (‘On Longevity’, Issue 4, July/August 2019), as well as critiquing the effectiveness of the Architects Declare movement1 (‘On Declarations’, Issue 6, November/December 2019). A third recent editorial addressed the same topic (‘On Complacency’ March/April 2020, Issue 2), this time in a slightly less diplomatic tone. After several attempts to prompt some kind of leadership or vision from the profession, what I hear now is exasperation that, despite a global environmental emergency –…

1 min
the reopening of aotearoa

10 min
conducting architecture in a digital web

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUGMENTED REALITY: To see the virtual scale model pictured right in augmented reality, scan the QR code above using your mobile phone camera. Follow the link to: IN THIS TIME OF RAPID AND unprecedented transformation – a global pandemic, the proliferation of technology unicorns, a shift toward mobile working – the need for greater flexibility and new ways of collaborating with clients and colleagues has never been stronger. The rise of technology, particularly over the last decade, has cast a digital web over the world, connecting people, nations and markets in ways once unimaginable and spawning a myriad solutions to improve our communication, collaboration and productivity capabilities. No industry, architecture included, is immune to this technological revolution. Clients want personalised service and a platform on which their stakeholders and consultants can…

10 min
drawing on ideas: it’s all about the drawing

ONE IDEA OF A THEORY OF DRAWING IS that a drawing is a collection of ideas similar to any architectural theory. My theory of drawing has developed from the engagement with the drawings of architects and artists I have studied and the influence that has had on my output. GOURD HOUSE TOWN The Gourd House Town drawing started from a mistake when trying to draw our Tall Hut project for the Sculpture on the Gulf Pavilion 2019 competition. The drawing went in the wrong direction, in that the pencil didn’t quite do what was in the mind’s eye. I have found that it is important not to question these mistakes too much. Sometimes, it’s better to rely on what’s in front of you and work with that. The resulting drawing reminded me…