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Housing Manifesto

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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After the success of our 2006 Manifesto for Architecture, written to mark our 60th anniversary, we have this year, in the spirit of an election year with a strong focus on housing needs, launched the Architectural Centre’s Manifesto for Housing.   (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Wanganui War Memorial Hall

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

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It seems very restrictive to be limited to one favourite modernist building, (more…)

Karori Teachers College: VUW public meeting

Sunday, March 5th, 2017


Tomorrow night (Monday 6 March) is another public meeting about the fate of the VUW Karori Campus.  (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Rees Townhouses

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

  Rees Townhouses, photo: Jackie Meiring
In New Zealand, there is a tradition of conserving ‘old’ buildings made of timber and stone. There is also a more recent ‘tradition,’ of owners and their architects who scrub their buildings so white, they look surgically enhanced, erasing all character and grace. (more…)

My favourite modernist building … INDEX

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Here’s an index to the various entries of “My favourite modernist building …” and related posts (more…)

Chris Laidlaw response to our letter re: the trolley buses

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

On 13 February we wrote to the Sustainable Transport Committee restating our concern regarding the GWRC decision to replace trolley buses with diesel-hybrid buses.  Our letter can be found here. Below is Chris Laidlaw’s response … (more…)

My favourite modernist building … BNZ, Victoria St, Hamilton

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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In February 1996 I arrived in Hamilton to take up a lecturing position at the University of Waikato. At pretty much the same time the Bank of New Zealand (Leigh, de Lisle & Fraser, 1965) in Victoria Street was demolished (1996). (more…)