Archive for July, 2009

Chris Moller – Click Raft

Award winning architect Chris Moller discusses a project inspired by Thoreau’s book Walden and the Citroen 2CV prototype. Click-Raft is a creative and sustainable response to the current economic situation. At the Wellington Museum of City and Sea. 23 August, at 5.00pm

Posted on 28th July 2009
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Carolina Izzo

An Italian art tour with coffee & biscotti – at the Museum of City and Sea, on the 31st July at 5.30pm.  Join Carolina Izzo for an image-rich presentation about Italian works of art and find out about issues of conservation in Italy and NZ.

Posted on 28th July 2009
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Video of the Week XXIV: more dancing …

… patterns, abstract music, positives, negatives, architectural conceptualisations, anthropomorphisms, references to video games, tartan, flowers, paper clips and 3D CAD … this movie has it all …

Posted on 28th July 2009
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The End of an Era

Last Thursday (23rd July 2009) saw the end of an era as Bill Alington had his official farewell from teaching at the School of Architecture at Victoria University

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Posted on 27th July 2009
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Love Lego?

From discussions with others, it seems that most architects have grown up with Lego. Years ago all you would get is a box of Lego bits, whereas nowadays a pre-determined object is decreed. But wouldn’t it be nice to go further than just a scale model of your architectural dream?

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Posted on 27th July 2009
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Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

This documentary is a treasure trove of modernist architectural eyecandy, like a Taschen coffee table book come to life. ‘Visual acoustics’ is a coinage of photographer Julius Shulman, and the film is a celebration of his decades of work shooting architecture. Shulman was so intimately connected and concerned with promoting the homes created by the great American modernists (Wright, Gehry, Neutra et al.) that the film doubles as a celebration of that entire era, one which he was arguably pivotal in defining. Most architecture films tend to focus on the contemporary creation of large public buildings. Visual Acoustics takes the opposite approach and is all the better for it: it takes us into domestic spaces and talks with the people who have lived in them for decades. Shulman, a spry nonagenarian, has maintained long-term relationships with the architects and the owners of the homes he documented and he gives us a privileged entrée to the kind of iconic houses most of us can only dream about. — AL  (

Sadly Julius Shulman (98) died on Wednesday 15th July 2009 at his home in Los Angeles. But the film will be screening Sunday 26th July 6:15pm (Te Papa), Wednesday 29th July 11:15am (Paramount) and Sunday 2nd August 11:45am (Paramount)

Posted on 24th July 2009
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Blue Sky Competition

Update: Due TODAY ! Don’t forget ! Entry details below. We’re delighted to be a conduit for you to find out more about the Competition for the Outer-T of Queens Wharf here in Wellington. It’s been noted before that it may be coming up, and here it is at last – Wellington Waterfront Ltd have now formally announced the Ideas competition, to be known as BLUE-SKY the Outer-T.

“Your Idea for the heart of Wellington Waterfront”

It’s due by 5pm on 24 August (to Shed 6 on Queens Wharf), and should not exceed 2xA4 or 1xA3 in size. Don’t put your name on the actual entry – it is a completely ‘blind’ judging process. They are looking for ideas – through words, through photos, designs, drawings – any way that you can get your ideas across. They really are looking for a great selection of proposals – as wide ranging as possible, to inform the way forward for the city to celebrate the centrepiece of our world-class Waterfront promenade.

Judges include a fantastic range of people, including Her Worship the Mayor Kerry Prendergast, the head of Urban Design in Victoria Stuart Niven, Michael Cashin and Ian Pike from Wellington Waterfront, Di Buchan from the Civic Trust, Morrie Love as a cultural advisor, Alistair Cattanach as an Engineer, Mike Gould as an Architect, Fran Wilde from the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and Peter Biggs from Clemenger BBDO.

“The Competition is all about Concepts and ideas not expertise.”

Who can enter? Anyone. Everyone. Groups. Individuals. Young people. Old people. Small people. Tall people. You get the idea. Actually – if you HAVE the idea, then enter, and you may win.

Click here to download the Entry Form
Feel free to discuss matters here if you wish. Any questions?

Posted on 23rd July 2009
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