Brut, Brutalism and Brutes
The Architectural Centre is running a little outing tomorrow (the 10th of March) called Brutalism and Bubbles. It's a train excursion to the Hutt Valley and back to central Wellington to appreciate, draw and photograph some examples of that much-misunderstood architectural movement (the name comes from béton brut, meaning "raw concrete", and has nothing to do with brutality). Oh, and it sounds like there may be some alcohol involved.
Anyone can join in: you just need $15 for the all-day Metlink Explorer ticket. I've put together a public ZoomIn group of the places along the way, and we may add some photos and drawings to the places once we're done.
The full timetable:
10:05am Meet at the Wellington Railway Station to catch the Hutt Valley Line to Upper Hutt
(10:50am) draw Civic Centre & visit Expressions
12:30pm catch Hutt Valley Line from Upper Hutt to Heretaunga
(12:37pm) draw Heretaunga Campus lecture theatre, picnic lunch & frisbee
2:37pm catch Hutt Valley Line from Heretaunga to Waterloo Station
(2:44pm) Walk to TheNewDowse to appreciate contemporary architecture
4:06pm Walk to Lower Hutt - Queensgate, Stop B, Hutt City, Bus Service: 83 departs 4.10
5:45 Arrive Courtenay Place, draw the Hannah Playhouse ... possibly from the bar downstairs ... later stroll on to Happy (cnr Tory+Vivian St) for some more drinks etc. in the former Cricketers Arms.
Talking of the Architectural Centre, their submission on the upcoming heritage listing consultation takes the unusual approach of proposing a list of "negative heritage"; that is, "sites and buildings which are negative contributions to the built environment", and for which there should be incentives to redevelop. I'm sure that many of you will have a long list of such brutes (and they may even overlap with the above list of brutalist gems), so go ahead and make some suggestions here. I'm ususally very cautious of advocating demolition, but here are a few obvious ones for me: