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      • Housing Manifesto
        • 21 Aug 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • After the success of our 2006 Manifesto for Architecture, written to mark our 60th anniversary, we have this year, in the spirit of an election year with a strong focus on housing needs, launched the Architectural Centre’s Manifesto for Housing.   In addition to our tradition postcard medium, the manifesto will also be emblazoned on an […]
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      • Housing Manifesto
        • 21 Aug 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • After the success of our 2006 Manifesto for Architecture, written to mark our 60th anniversary, we have this year, in the spirit of an election year with a strong focus...
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      • My favourite modernist building … Wanganui War Memorial Hall
        • 2 Apr 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • It seems very restrictive to be limited to one favourite modernist building, but if forced to choose I nominate the Wanganui War Memorial Hall, designed by Gordon Smith in the firm of Newman, Smith & Greenough, and completed in 1960. This is a sophisticated and polished public building, designed and built at a time when […]
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      • Karori Teachers College: VUW public meeting
        • 5 Mar 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • Tomorrow night (Monday 6 March) is another public meeting about the fate of the VUW Karori Campus.  The university decided last year to sell the campus amid community uproar that it would lost vital facilities.  The news that VUW had paid only $10 when the site was transferred to it from the Ministry of Education […]
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      • Karori Teachers College: VUW public meeting
        • 5 Mar 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • Tomorrow night (Monday 6 March) is another public meeting about the fate of the VUW Karori Campus.  The university decided last year to sell the campus amid community uproar that...
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      • My favourite modernist building … Rees Townhouses
        • 5 Mar 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        •   In New Zealand, there is a tradition of conserving ‘old’ buildings made of timber and stone. There is also a more recent ‘tradition,’ of owners and their architects who scrub their buildings so white, they look surgically enhanced, erasing all character and grace. The ever hardening appearance of Ponsonby’s Franklin Road over the past […]
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      • My favourite modernist building … INDEX
        • 1 Mar 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • Here’s an index to the various entries of “My favourite modernist building …” and related posts So why is modernism so important? Gordon Wilson Memorial Flats My favourite modernist building … 5 March: Bank of New Zealand (Claude Megson, Remuera, NZ, 1974) – Giles Reid 9 February: Bank of New Zealand (Leigh, de Lisle & […]
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      • My favourite modernist building … INDEX
        • 1 Mar 2017
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        • Here’s an index to the various entries of “My favourite modernist building …” and related posts So why is modernism so important? Gordon Wilson Memorial Flats My favourite modernist building...
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      • Chris Laidlaw response to our letter re: the trolley buses
        • 23 Feb 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • On 13 February we wrote to the Sustainable Transport Committee restating our concern regarding the GWRC decision to replace trolley buses with diesel-hybrid buses.  Our letter can be found here. Below is Chris Laidlaw’s response … 20 February 2017 Dear Christine Thank you for your letter of 13 February 2017. I appreciate the fact that […]
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      • My favourite modernist building … BNZ, Victoria St, Hamilton
        • 9 Feb 2017
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • In February 1996 I arrived in Hamilton to take up a lecturing position at the University of Waikato. At pretty much the same time the Bank of New Zealand (Leigh, de Lisle & Fraser, 1965) in Victoria Street was demolished (1996). Even though I was fresh from heritage campaigning in Christchurch, I was too caught […]
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      • ICI House
        • 16 Nov 2016
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        • Stephenson and Turner‘s elegant Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.) House now stands in doubt, following Monday’s earthquake, with reports that a beam inside the building “looks somewhat like a broken bone in the leg …” and assertions that it is “earmarked for “likely deconstruction”” – “it’s going to be pulled down.”   Its modernist podium-tower was […]
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      • ICI House: 61 Molesworth Street
        • 16 Nov 2016
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        • Stephenson and Turner‘s elegant Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.) House now stands in doubt, following Monday’s earthquake, with reports that a beam inside the building “looks somewhat like a broken bone...
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      • Planners’ Screw-ups
        • 16 Nov 2016
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • Ever wondered why the terminal is on the wrong side of the runway? Don’t be afraid of planners. It’s safe to assume they’re wrong. They usually are.  Attack their plans and rules, and for spending your money, at every chance you get.  Looking back over the 60 years since Gray Young’s office accepted me as […]
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      • Planners’ Screw-ups
        • 16 Nov 2016
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        • Ever wondered why the terminal is on the wrong side of the runway? Don’t be afraid of planners. It’s safe to assume they’re wrong. They usually are.  Attack their plans...
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      • RIP: Avis Higgs (1918-2016)
        • 20 Oct 2016
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • One of our former members died last Friday just after her 98th birthday.  Her funeral will be at Old St Pauls on Tuesday 1st November at 2pm. Avis Higgs was a renowned textile designer, and an active member of the Centre with her husband Jock Beere, and, of course, many of you will know her […]
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      • RIP: Avis Higgs (1918-2016)
        • 20 Oct 2016
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        • One of our former members died last Friday just after her 98th birthday.  Her funeral will be at Old St Pauls on Tuesday 1st November at 2pm. Avis Higgs was...
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      • My favourite modernist building … INDEX
        • 19 Oct 2016
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • Here’s an index to the various entries of “My favourite modernist building …” and related posts So why is modernism so important? Gordon Wilson Memorial Flats My favourite modernist building … 20 October: Reitveld-Schroder House (Gerrit Reitveld & Truss Schroder-Schrader, Utrecht, 1923) – Peter Parkes 16 October: Old Wool House (Bill Toomath, Wellington, 1955) – […]
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      • My favourite modernist building … Rietveld-Schroder House
        • 19 Oct 2016
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • This small 190m2 two level house (Utercht, 1924) located at the end of a row housing scheme in Utrecht is widely regarded as a masterpiece of early modernist architecture.  As an exemplar of poineering modernism, it attained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It was designed by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Truus […]
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      • My favourite modernist building … Old Wool House
        • 15 Oct 2016
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • In the late 1950s I had cause to visit Bernard Johns & Whitwell’s office one night, maybe to see his son Chris Johns who was a year ahead of me at Polytech. Perched on a stool was the famous Bernard, and on another Bill Toomath. Memorable for the intense discussion that was going on over […]
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      • My favourite modernist building … Alington House
        • 29 Sep 2016
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • I last went to the Alington house (Karori, 1962) 20 years ago as part of the Architectural Centre’s 50th Anniversary. I had been a couple of times before, and again I felt a feeling of calmness sweep over me – a sense of everything in its place. Perhaps this was due to the Golden Mean […]
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      • Demolition by ignorance?
        • 26 Sep 2016
        • Architectural Centre Inc
        • On Saturday morning (10 September 2016) on The Nation, the Social Housing Minister, Paula Bennett, claimed that she was doing everything “humanly possible” to address the homelessness situation.  It is undisputed that there is insufficient social housing, and not enough is being done fast enough. In early September, the media stated that there were “hundreds […]
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