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Aniwaniwa: “Who should decide?”

Thursday, September 1st, 2016


The news that the Department of Conservation will demolish John Scott’s Aniwaniwa (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Villa Savoye

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Modern Memories by MM

United Planets Cruiser C57-D - Forbidden Planet

My earliest memory of modern architecture was watching a reel-to-reel movie in an old pre-fab at intermediate. (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Computer Centre (Stage One), University of Canterbury

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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 (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Symonds St Flats, Auckland

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

I first discovered the elegant curve of the Symonds St Flats in the early 1980s (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Seddon Street Cooperative Shops, Naenae, 1946

Monday, August 29th, 2016

seddon street

Their faces responded to the projected image of ‘my favourite local building’ all too predictably: (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Ohakuri Hydro Power Station

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Ohakuri Hydro Power Station

The modernist building that stands out for me is the Ohakuri hydro power station (more…)

History Repeats: The Tale of the Hunter Building

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

The current story of the Gordon Wilson Flats is perhaps not too different from that of the Hunter Building in the 1970s and 80s, (more…)