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Urban Nooks and Crannies – Nominations Please

By Competition, urban design

— Closing date for nominations now 28th September. Keep them coming in the comments! —

The Architectural Centre is pleased to announce its next ‘best and worst’ competition – Wellington’s Best and Worst Urban Nooks and Crannies.

Back in ’07, Arch Centre ran a similar competition, pulling specific buildings into the spotlight. The Dominion Post published the lists, and ensuing public debate was lively and altogether healthy! WellUrban have a good record of some of the discussion of the worst list, and also the best list. This year, we thought we’d focus on Wellington’s urban environment and hunt for notable ‘nooks and crannies’ around the city, be they comfortable, joyful, forgotten and/or hideous.

Nominations now close Friday 28th September and we intend to put the list to a public vote at a lecture event as there must be winners and losers, after all. Here are a few examples, to get the ball rolling…

Albiet temporary, this is a great public space from the father of nooks and crannies. Defiantly enjoyed by young visitors.

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Jason Whitely


Wed 14 March 2012 Jason Whiteley on Herzog & de Meuron
6pm, LT1, School of Architecture, VUW

The lecture will describe Whiteley’s experience designing and coordinating complex, high-profile buildings in New York, Sao Paulo, London and Doha.

Jason Whiteley on Herzog & de Meuron – Public lecture, 6pm 14 March

Jason Whiteley, after five years based in Switzerland and New York City working with renown architects Herzog & de Meuron, will be speaking on 14 March, 6.00 pm at the School of Architecture Design on Vivian Street in Wellington, LT1.

Jason’s public talk will describe his experience designing and coordinating complex, high-profile buildings in New York, Sao Paulo, London and Doha. He will also share insights into the studio culture and methods that continue to fuel one of the most successful and highly regarded architecture practices in the world, observing that;

“…the carefully crafted studio culture of Herzog & de Meuron was central to consistently producing the most extraordinary and sensitive architecture in an amazing variety of settings and conditions”.

Jason Whiteley now leads London-based architecture and furniture design studio Whiteley & Whiteley and is Victoria University of Wellington’s Adjunct-Professor at the School of Architecture & Design. He will visit New Zealand in July and November 2012 as guest critic and design tutor. For more information about Jason and his work, please visit


Please contact Naohiro Mizushima at +44 7776 134 791 or email Naohiro at for more information on this topic.

This is a free event and open to all who wish to attend on a first come, first served basis.