Can ugly buildings be heritage?

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Posted on 3rd September 2016
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My favourite modernist building … Computer Centre (Stage One), University of Canterbury

Completed Computer Centre view from University Drive - 1968

Stage One of the University’s Computer Centre (now known as Angus Tait, Hall & McKenzie, 1965-66) is a building that I have long enjoyed Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 31st August 2016
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My favourite modernist building … Puaka-James Hight and Matariki

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In a culture that favours surface over substance, and visual sensation over bodily sensation, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23rd August 2016
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My favourite modernist building … Centre Point

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Most visitors to London will have come across Centre Point in their travels Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 14th August 2016
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My favourite modernist building … the Cricketers’ Arms Tavern

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Cricketer’s Arms Tavern, cnr Tory & Vivian Streets (1962-68/1968-70) Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 10th August 2016
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My favourite modernist building … The Barbican

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Naming a favourite building is always a tricky question to answer, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 6th August 2016
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That other New Zealand city of some little significance…

Just to show that we are not completely parochial here at the Arch Centre, from time to time it is necessary to cast our eyes south of the Strait and north of the Tararua Ranges and acknolwedge that building activity does take place in various regional centres… such as, say, Auckland – the City of Sales (no typo there, just the impression I get every time I visit downtown Queen Street)…

No – not a post addressing the super-amalgamated-councils and the super’men’ behind it all – just a little something that caught my eye recently – some artist’s impressions of a new ASB headquarters for the ex-Tank Farm (now more elegantly(?) renamed Wynyard Quarter).

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Posted on 30th April 2010
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