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70th Anniversary Awards



The Architectural Centre’s 70th anniversary is next week on Saturday 23rd July.  In order to acknowledge this milestone, we have instituted 17 special 70th anniversary awards.  The awards categories and current nominations are: Read More

Launch Pad 4: the Proposed Airways Tower

By AC EVENTS, Givealittle

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Submissions on the first (for what seems like a very long time) notified Resource Consent – the proposed Airways Tower – are due on Friday the 29th March.  The application is to “construct, operate and maintain a new 32.5 metre high air traffic control tower at the Airport Retail Park on Tirangi Road,” on a site that is potentially contaminated.   The Assessment of Environmental Effects states that the proposal  achieves “good urban design principles” and responds to the surrounding environment, and has a “sense of movement” through ” a unique profile …”.

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The tower design: “embodies a simple statement about Wellington’s well known wind prone environment.  It does not shirk from addressing the wind, physically and metaphorically, and in doing so it makes a poetic response to the situation in which it sits.”  So what do you think?  How does (or should) urban design work in this seaside suburb?  Should all of our buildings lean?

JOIN US on Friday 22 May 5.00pm for our online discussion on the proposed Airways Tower as part of our virtual launch of our givealittle site to fundraise for our involvement in the Basin Bridge High Court Appeal opposing NZTA.

Featuring: James Fenton, Peter Wood and Christine McCarthy

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Launch Pad 3: Pukeahu: NWMP

By Givealittle


In April this year, the National War Memorial Park | Pukeahu was opened.  It was formally blessed on Wednesday 25th March, following which the site was host to numerous public events.  The park, formed above an undergrounded Buckle St (now Arras tunnel), was speedily built to meet the centenary of ANZAC Day.  So what kind of public space is it?  How importance is it as a national public space? Is this a design which will influence our future public spaces to come?

Here’s Tommy Honey’s view recorded on Radio NZ 9 to noon last week:

Featuring: Bruno Marques, Sally Ogle and Christine McCarthy


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