Archive for August, 2009

Plant your building

There’s an old adage that while Doctors can bury their mistakes, Architects have to live with them. By the same token, the only thing to do with some buildings to disguise their ugliness, is to plant ivy and hope it covers up the hideousness.

French architect botanist Patrick Blanc has spent Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30th August 2009
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Video of the Week XXVIII: Russian Winter Series III

The long awaited Russian Sci-Fi and the really nice “Bullet Factory” (not a sentence I ever thought I’d type – or say!)

.. silent to begin with – but will all that intense facial expression who needs sound?

Aelita 1920’s Russian Sci-fi film extract

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Posted on 25th August 2009
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Architects get Lippy

No – not a new shade of Luscious Pink. We’re talking the RIBA getting rude to the Prince of Wales – and not before time. Reported in NZ as “Architects tell Prince Charles to ‘butt out’ “, the story involves the current RIBA President Sunand Prasad saying publicly:

“The intervention in individual projects by somebody with enormous influence and power but who is not actually accountable to the public is not the way to make such a market in ideas flow,…. ….It derails what is an open and transparent, if imperfect system, and it causes a lot of waste as it did in Chelsea as it previously did at Paternoster Square and threatens to do so again… …Heaven knows that our planning system needs reform because it is inefficient and undemocratic,… …Surely, if someone like Prince Charles starts wielding influence on individual projects that will make it even less democratic.”

We’re fortunate in New Zealand that we don’t have any architectural Royalty getting interested in our designs and schemes. Fortunate in that, if they were to appear, they’d have fair course to grumble about the state of our cities. On the other hand, it would be nice if by some divine guidance, the public actually did give a damn about the architecture of our cities, and engaged in a dialogue about them – instead of merely bleating, sheep-like, that buildings are ‘baaaaaad’ and open green pastures of grass are ‘goooood’.

Posted on 20th August 2009
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Maggie grows up

While some people claim that the Simpsons taught them everything they ever needed to know about anything, and phrases of Bart and Homer have entered happily into the English language (D’Oh!)!, there is one member of that loveably dysfunctional family that has never spoken. Until last week.

Maggie, the wide-eyed, dummy-sucking rug-rat that Marge loves so much, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 18th August 2009
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Blue Sky the Outer Tee

Competition closes on 24 August. Get your 1 x A3 page down to Wellington Waterfront fast (Shed 6, North Queens Wharf).

Posted on 18th August 2009
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Marc Treib

The Woodland Cemetery and the Narration of Memory.
School of Architecture 5.30pm drinks, 6.00pm lecture on September 7th
Stemming from a competition in 1915, Skogskyrkogården—usually translated as the
Woodland Cemetery—was designed by the architects Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz
and completed in 1940. As a suburban landscape on the periphery of Stockholm, the
cemetery is as much a park as a burial ground, mixing an existing forest with reconfigured
earth and planting. While the Woodland Cemetery represents one of the finest examples
of modernist landscape design the elements of its vocabulary—the meadow, earth form,
the bosk—have existed for centuries. As an amalgam, however, they are used in a way that
could only have existed in the twentieth century. It is a landscape in which architecture
and landscape architecture retain their individual identities, yet each complements and
enriches the presence of the other. This lecture traces the history of the design of the
cemetery and its architecture and presents the landscape in four seasons—suggesting the
experience of the place and its role in supporting remembrance.

Posted on 18th August 2009
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AASA 2009

Architectural Conference, AASA 2009, will be held in Wellington on 4th and 5th September. Guest speakers include Xing Ruan, Brenda and Robert Vale, and Studio Pacific. Refer here for further details.

Posted on 18th August 2009
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