“What do we want our cities to be in the Urban Century? The NPR Cities Project aims to capture the vibrancy of urban life today.”
An Wellington-focused episode from the important 1984 documentary series on New Zealand architecture, hosted by David Mitchell. Included are interviews with Wellington architects Ian Athfield and Roger Walker. Includes footage of John Scott’s Futuna Chapel and Ernst Plischke’s Massey House.
This TV documentary from 1983 guides us through the rapid changes in Wellington in the 1970s to earthquake proof the city, and build a motorway through it. Aside from the cheesy music, it’s pretty darn interesting for anyone with an association with the city.
This Philip Mark Law film for the Australian Film Commission in 1970 could be a KOYAANISQATSI for the Australian city. A slow beginning pans through tumbledown Victorian buildings. Steadily the modern world is juxtaposed, with jarring musical shifts to suit. After a race through a car park building and a look at what residential architects were up to at the time, the film ends in the new frontier, with a couple emerging from their wedding into an empty treeless subdivision. Sci-fi soundtrack by Leslie Dempsey.
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An intelligent review of a 2010 debate at Harvard GSD, at Urban Omnibus.
An Atlantic special report in May 2010 on American cities – though Wellington NZ does get its own review.
New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland nestles between tens of dormant volcanoes and is home to the world’s biggest polynesian population. The weather is temperate, public transport is a joke, and the houses are wooden.
Essay by Frederic Jameson (2003).
A debunking of a Washington Post article in 2007 that suggested that suburbs and their cars are good.
By Christopher Rollason. Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project draft did not get an English translation until 1999. Rollason walks us through the arcades and places Benjamin’s work in the context of the day. He also traces the effects the text has had on current thought.[04/04]
Some photos of the local architecture I took in November 2007, while at the local NZIA awards .