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Eye of the Fish / December 2008

We are a fledgling blog that was created to continue the legacy of Tom Beard’s superb WellUrban. Our aim is to further discourse on Wellington’s urban environment, as well to as report on the other aspects of life in the capital. Tom has set certainly high standards for us, and we wish him all the best in his new position.

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      • Gone Fishing
        • 19 Dec 2008
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        • 2008: nearly over. Lots of construction, lots of commentary. 2009: likely to be lots less of one, and who knows about the other. Thank you all for your input, your comments, your information, and your interest. Its been a blast, but its time for a break for a bit from the people behind the Maximus logon (note: one of the following images may be more true to life than the other). Hopefully Phil
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      • Boiling Blood
        • 17 Dec 2008
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        • It seems to be such a shame to go off all ballistic on the eve of a pleasant Christmas week, but the announcement today about the cost over-runs on the Supreme Court fair made my blood boil. While normally a left of centre supporter, and one who lives in sick apprehension about the mayhem about to be unleashed upon us by National’s unrestricted puppies of Doom, the whole sorry shameful saga
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      • What’s the urgency?
        • 16 Dec 2008
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        • At face value it could be argued that the current rash of urgency infecting Parliament at the moment is no business of a group promoting discussion of architecture and urban design issues in Wellington. Over the weekend the government passed laws reinforcing (rather than strengthening) societal repulsion of violence towards children. Last week it reduced the rights of employees of small business
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        • earthquake-strengthening

      • Wellington goes High Tech
        • 15 Dec 2008
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        • In an act of architectural brilliance, the Duel on Vivian block of flats opposite the School of Architecture appears to be not only a green building (avocado green, or mushy pea green) with prefabricated external cladding (that I’m sure they will get around to finishing the corners on one day), but also appears to have gone all Richard-Rogers-style High-Tech on us, with the south facade feat
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        • 140 Vivian Street, Wellington


      • Stout Barricade
        • 14 Dec 2008
        • Eye of the Fish
        • For one day only, - Sunday, today, you can see the city barricaded off. By tomorrow, it’ll be gone. It’s part of the Litmus series of One Day Sculpture, and this time has been brought to you by artiste duo Heather and Ivan Morison. It’s called the Journee des Barricades, and to me, seems site specifically reacting to the inspired sculpture outside the Athfield renovation of the o
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        • Stout Street, Wellington


      • Threats to Waywardness
        • 13 Dec 2008
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        • This city of ours has some fabulous little pedestrian byways and shortcuts which make walking at times a slightly smug activity - those few moments that cars don’t have an advantage over foot traffic, and steps which even challenge seasoned mountain bikers.  We even enjoy the occasionally misplaced carpark - the ones which were bought to be built on but the developer’s luck has turned,
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