Basin voting

 

Well, the Council have voted on the city’s official position with respect to central government’s proposed traffic improvements near the Basin Reserve.

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Posted on 7th October 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Comment, News, RANTING, Transport, urban design | 11 Comments »

The common ‘sense of place’.

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 4th July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Comment, RANTING, Transport, urban design | 6 Comments »

Wellington 2040: A smart green city – a “freakin fantastic” idea

Image by Phillip Capper

This post is really just a heads-up for those of you who don’t keep up with the Dom-Post (and let’s be honest, they don’t really offer much reason to do so), but here is an article (via stuff.co.nz) that should have some interest for our members:

Wellington 2040: A smart green city

Although I recommend you read the article for yourself, the basic gist is that WCC have prepared a Central City Strategy that recognises the central city’s role as the heart of Wellington, and seeks to devise a central city framework that recognises and further develops that role. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 16th June 2011
Under: News, urban design | 7 Comments »

Another restructure – Should we care?

It’s inevitable, given their political nature, that governments (local and central) are subject to “restructuring” more than most institutions. Anyone involved in architecture and urban design in Wellington will have known, for a little while now, that the urban design bits of our city council have been, and are in the middle of, such a political reshuffle. All the positions with staff with any design background (architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design) have been deleted, and staff required to apply for positions with more generic job descriptions. Well that’s my understanding at least – and apologies if I’ve got it wrong – do tell me if that’s the case! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 19th March 2010
Under: Comment | 5 Comments »

Is architecture at odds with politics?

In a rare moment in April, I bought a copy of The Economist, but it was not the obvious architecturally related homeownership article which caught my eye – but rather it was pages 63 and 64, and an article titled: “There was a lawyer, an engineer and a politician …”Well spotted – no architect in sight.The article’s sub-title was a little more revealing: “Selection bias in politics.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 10th June 2009
Under: Comment | 33 Comments »

WCC – ‘design’ competition

Posted by the Council last week, this competition is open until the July 3 (details click here):

“Entrants are required to design an upgrade to a typical Council housing complex consisting of four bed-sit units, with a focus on making them more practical to live in for everyone, regardless of mobility or age [ie. people with disabilities]. Several small complexes with similar plans are currently being upgraded as part of the Council’s Housing Upgrade Project.”

With the first prize of $2000 (total pool of $4000), it sounds a little like a lot of advice for next to free, but then the point of competitions is the engagement with design issues, not just doing a Daniel Libeskind and getting famous… or is it?

Note: to students and other architectural types, you’ll need to have a registered architect to stamp your drawings.

Posted on 1st May 2009
Under: Competition, EVENTS OTHER, News | No Comments »

Urban petitions (or the things we care about)…

Yay for participatory democracy…

Obviously, the demise of our green recycling bins matter, with almost 10 000 signatures already on the Council hosted ePetition (how ick is that particular moniker?), which doesn’t close until May 13. This was one issue that spread like a virus through the pc’s of most Wellingtonians some weeks ago. I am unsure if there is a hard version of the petition as well…?

But, seeing as the Council magnanimously provides such a forum, we really should endeavour to make ourselves aware of the issues that are burning for our fellow citizens, and, in this very spirit, here are, along with the recycling bin issue, the current most significant matters… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 20th March 2009
Under: RANTING | 2 Comments »