Posts Tagged ‘Heritage’

Time for NZ’s Memorial Park Precinct to officially be heritage?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Is this Armistice anniversary the time to ask “Should Pukeahu be formally declared a heritage area?”

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The opening of Pukeahu during ANZAC celebrations this year was an acknowledgement of the past but also of the ability of heritage to contribute to the future.Ā  (more…)

Learning from Christchurch – or not.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Cr Andy Fosterā€™sĀ comment over on EyeoftheFish regarding issues of eq preparedness in Wellington highlight, for me at least, something of the difficulties of this particular discussion (more…)

Making porridge pancakes: Te Aro Park

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I haven’t been down to the container exhibition of WCC’s Wellington 2040 vision, but am looking forward to doing so soon. What I have seen is the recent post over onĀ EyeoftheFish, which gives us a sneak preview of a small part of the type of outcome that might be expected to emerge from that vision: in this case, a new green space where the Oaks building is currently sited. As the Fish reports, that site has been the subject of many suggestions for ‘improvement,’ some of which are captured in thisĀ thread. A particularly intriguing one was the suggestion of a ‘Flatiron’/wedge-shaped building on Te Aro Park, and a park where Oaks currently is – a swap of building for open space and vice versa.

Anyway, WCC’s artist’s impression for this specific site (in accordance with the 2040 vision), has been published by the Fish, which I have plagiarised (above) for this post (click on the image to see it larger over on EotF). Although WCC might well beĀ congratulatedĀ for a bold vision and a positive intervention in our urban fabric, at a detailed level, the featureless expanse of lawn probably leaves a lot to desire (and would present a heck of a maintenance issue, even worse that those that currently exist on the Te Aro Park part of the site). That aside, there are other, I think more interesting, issues here that seem always to be overlooked when discussion of what to do with Te Aro Park arises – in particular, issues of both urban and cultural heritage. (more…)

Let’s go the whole hog with heritage

Monday, March 7th, 2011

No, not in any Gerry Brownlee way, but if there’s going to be any strengthening going on why mess with 30%?Ā  Why put all that kind of money into strengthening when to strengthen to 100% won’t cost another 70% but much much less? (more…)

Old Dungas to Go

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

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Green Building – boston styles

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

I promised these some time ago, so here they are – a wee photo essay on green building in Boston – back when it was so much easier to be green (so to speak)… Sorry I can’t get my hands on more heritage info (for those that are interested) – it appears that there is so much heritage in Boston that gems such most of these below go completely unrecognised… (more…)

Video of the Week XVII: heritage of course

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

A nice reminder of that there’s potential and merit in almost every architectural addition … or “repurposing” … Compelling juxtapositions and more!!