Archive for July, 2011

The Urban Dream Brokerage

Friday 29th July, 6pm

Illot Theatre, Wellington Town Hall

 

Three property owners and managers, four artists and an engaged audience are coming together to discuss the question: how can vacant commercial space be more creatively utilised to provide a more vital inner-city?   Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27th July 2011
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The Urban Dream Brokerage

 

Illot Theatre, Wellington Town Hall

Friday 29th July, 6pm

 

Three property owners and managers, four artists and an engaged audience are coming together to discuss the question: how can vacant commercial space be more creatively utilised to provide a more vital inner-city?

You’re invited to attend The Urban Dream Brokerage, a live art and property panel pitching session. In a live local twist on reality TV formats like Dragon’s Den, artists and then property developers and owners pitch their creative ideas for city vacant spaces to a panel of their opposite. Walking down the city street, what does your dream realty look like?

The event is being sponsored by Wellington City Council who, together with Letting Space share an interest in how artists can contribute to creating a more dynamic future city. The Brokerage is part of the council’s public engagement period for Toward 2040: A Smart Green Wellington.

 

http://www.lettingspace.org.nz/the-urban-dream-brokerage/

Posted on 27th July 2011
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Memorial Car Park

Since the unveiling of the NZTA schemes for around the Basin now almost a month ago, we have been having a good look at their back issues – the NZTA publications that they have been storing up away from prying eyes. Now, however, a good number of them have been published and are available on line.
One of the more interesting things unveiled, is the plan of the work for the Memorial Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24th July 2011
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Option X: FAQs

Thanks again for all your questions.  We’ll up date this page to address questions as they come in, and supply new drawings etc. to explain things as needed.  Here’s an initial batch of questions and answers to start with.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The dedicated public transport lanes (buses or light rail) are in the middle lanes.  How will they be accessed?

Overseas examples show easy ways to enable pedestrian access to centrally located public transport.  An example is shown in this drawing.  This has the advantage that cars turning into side streets and driveways do not have to block the bus lane, and the public transport route can achieve uninterrupted speeds.

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Posted on 22nd July 2011
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Lessons from Bris-Vegas

Visiting Brisbane amid the excitement of the Basin discussions, I was expecting to see a city-sized example of the worst in traffic design.  To my surprise Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 22nd July 2011
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Option X: plus

Thanks for all the comments so far.  Here are a couple more images which might answer some questions and may create some more.  The first image is looking from the North-east side towards the Carillon, which shows conceptually how the levels work.  This corner will need more design (obviously) especially regarding the structures underneath, but the drawing shows how the levels work.

 

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Posted on 22nd July 2011
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It’s just not cricket

Being keen on cricket I was shocked and amazed to see the article in this morning’s DomPost  featuring, if the story is correct, a piece of horse-trading going on between the NZTA and the Basin Reserve Trust.  The story raises a number of rather obvious, questions:

A new stand as envisaged by the DomPost

Posted on 21st July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues | 7 Comments »