1.The Minister of Architecture was putting together a proposal.
2.It was to be for the Stadium Concourse.
3.It was to lighten the collective depression of the 2030’s by focusing on the potential of PLAY.
4.It was for 1000 people.
5.Now he is horribly, spectacularly dead.
6.His notes are a mess.
7.We need your help to re-order, re-think and complete this grand vision.
8.You’ve got 200g of coffee, some m&m’s and 24 hours.
. how tragic it was that he was killed just as he was about to release the plans for the new facility for play. here is the crumpled blood-splattered remains of the brief that we believe Read More
DATE: 15-16th September 2006
SITE: Oaks complex, from the City by Dixon, Cuba and Ghuznee streets
ORGANISERS: Don Roy, Alain Bruner, Emily Reich, Greta Stoutjesdijk, Eloise Veber, James Shaw, Steve Marshall
JUDGES: Gordon Holden, Morten Gjerde, Sally Woods, Louise Ryan
Irrevocable Irrelevance Is It Too Late?
Unfettered development is rampant!
Our cities are being suffocated by faceless buildings devoid of architecture; malignant clones dotting our urban landscapes that desensitise their inhabitants and contribute nothing to the urban environment.
Has humanity lost its imagination?
Have we become oppressed by these emotionless structures?
The Architecture Centre says ‘yes’ and now is the time to act.
Spear headed by the recently rejuvenated, and already legendary, manifesto the Centre is set to fight for what it believes. As more people are waking up to these issues the newly resurrected Architecture Centre is attracting droves of informed and concerned public and, with the organisation bursting at it’s 20mmm cavities, it is ready to establish a new HQ.
To aid The Centre, Local and National Authorities have (happily) donated some (lost) space. The site for this new Headquarters is the Oaks complex, from the City by Dixon, Cuba and Ghuznee streets. Always intended to be a temporary structure, the now aged Oaks has become irrelevant and decrepit.
As the loudest critic of the state of the city (we heard your derision), the Architecture Centre and its people have requested that you step up and stand by your(?) beliefs. The new HQ is your opportunity to embody the soul and vision of this dedicated volunteer organisation.
As Wellington’s last remaining designers… do us proud.
Presented with 20u40-brief-2005 and the anihilation of public space, this year’s Wellington Architectural Centre’s 20U40 contestants made architecture from a green fluid jelly composite, hairstyling, equine transport, cartoon graphics, projected images, passport implants, garbage, and music videos. With an appropriate theme for election year, the brief set the scene with the recent political victory of the “Urban Vigilante” Party, whose reign over Wellington (specifically the block perimetered by Buckle St, Cambridge Tce, Courtenay Pl, and Taranaki St) was characterised by the outlawing of cars and the privatisation of roads: “Public space is now a fragile notion. Everyone is a trespasser.” Entrants responded with a wide range of architectural strategies. Read More