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Architecture NZ

Architecture NZ

July-August 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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editorial

ONE OF THE MANY THINGS WE DIDN’T see coming with the arrival of Covid-19 to our shores was the nationwide protest on Queen’s Birthday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. Sparked by the brutal video of George Floyd’s death – a sickening public lynching – it’s not surprising that so many would want to take a stand against such inhumanity. But that so many would do so in the midst of a pandemic – here, in breach of Alert Level Two mass gathering and social distancing rules – was, depending on your point of view, either selfless and incredibly brave or dangerous and irresponsible. The sentiment played out in solidarity with protests across the world. Perhaps the pandemic has heightened the sense that we…

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remaking our country

WE HAVE RIGHTLY BECOME concerned, if not obsessed, with matters of public health. We have become familiar with statistics, as we listened to the 1pm Covid data and understood that it was not just the daily score that we needed to understand but the trend – that the shape of data curves might reveal more than simple numbers in measuring our success in stemming the bug’s advance. We have learned to compare numbers of infected against those cured and are wise to the critical importance of the number of tests undertaken in assessing a country’s infection rate. More recently, we have begun to focus on other figures, those that measure the injury to our economy and the wellbeing of those whose livelihoods have been obliterated in the drastic measures undertaken to…

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the value of print

THE UNEARTHING OF A SINGLE personal letter in the early 1980s was powerful enough to destabilise one of the foundations of Western conceptual art history, reminding us again of the power of printed media to subvert or revise established canons. The letter was written in 1917 by art hero Marcel Duchamp to his sister Suzanne, effectively telling her that he was not the author of the most recognised piece of conceptual sculpture in the Western world;1 “One of my female friends under a masculine pseudonym, Richard Mutt, sent in a porcelain urinal as a sculpture.”2 My mind was blown when I learned that Fountain (1917), a porcelain urinal readymade, may have been made instead by Duchamp’s friend, Dada artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.3 While this in no way undermines the genius of his…

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across the board

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME Several years in the making, the Wanaka Community Hub opened its doors to over 65 community support organisations and agencies in the Upper Clutha area late last year. Built on land gifted to the Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust by the Anglican Diocese, the building sits opposite the historic St Columba Church. “The curving timber clad wall of the auditorium is a direct response to the client’s desire to maintain a prescribed distance from the historic church,” explains architect Barry Condon of Condon Scott Architects. “This shape, in turn, lends itself well to the form of the 150-seat auditorium – narrower at the stage end and wider towards the body.” The curved auditorium is offset with an opposing curve of splayed metal fins, which forms the entry to the building,…

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university of waikato tauranga campus wins australasian education award; violent legalities at adam art gallery; warren trust awards

TOP AWARD FOR TAURANGA CAMPUS NZIA Local Award-winning project, the University of Waikato Tauranga Campus, has also picked up a top education award for its innovative learning environment design. The Jasmax-designed campus won the ‘New Construction/Entire New Educational Facility’ category at Learning Environments Australasia’s 12th Annual Awards for Excellence in Educational Facilities, up against a shortlist of projects from New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. The new campus – a building massed into two volumes, linking two streets with a pedestrian laneway – embeds bicultural design and storytelling throughout the project. The judges said the campus was a statement of the importance and opportunity for educational buildings to fully and comprehensively understand and engage with their cultural context. “It is a learning environment that engenders a deep sense of belonging that connects to the…

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ready to make progress

Our post-pandemic ‘awakening’ seems perfect timing to address our environmental and sustainability goals. What are your plans for progressing the Architects Declare movement? We’re in the process of setting up a working party and while we haven’t agreed on the team yet, it’s an impressive range of engineers, services engineers, architects, academics, a water engineer and a graduate as well. They’re already sending through ideas about what to do. We’re currently writing the terms of reference for that group What are the group’s aims and when will it start working? We’ll try and meet as quickly as we can. We want to make the findings available for architects working at any scale of practice and building. We also need to make our guidance practical, so that people can do it easily, whether it’s…