The School of Architecture, VUW and the Architectural Centre are joining forces to run Road Works, a 24-hour design competition this weekend for the Memorial Park on Buckle St. Unfortunately, this isn't the actual competition to design the park, but it's free, open to everyone, the winning entrant receives $1000 and all entries will be on display next week at the School of Architecture.
The competition kicks off with a seminar on Saturday morning, then you'll have from 1 o'clock that afternoon until 1pm Sunday to develop your design. Even if you're not planning to enter the competition, the seminar could offer some important insights into this significant project.
Memorial Park Seminar, Lecture Theatre 2, School of Architecture, 139 Vivian St, Sat 28th July 2007
Motivation and Background to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage competition
Archaeological and heritage issues
RNZRSA services and protocols
11:00 – 11:30 morning tea
11.30 – 13:00
Urban Design Principles/Site analysis
Traffic Issues - getting the best for pedestrians, cyclists and automobile traffic
International Examples of Memorial Parks
Park Design - a C21st approach
13:00 Scenario Brief & Conclusion
13:00 Competition briefing
13:00 Sunday Competition hand-in
If you want to enter the competition, register your interest with firstname.lastname@example.org. The judging panel includes: Jim Beard (well-known commentator and practitioner of landscape architecture and architecture - no relation), Judy Keith-Brown (Wellington architect) and Rhys Williams (Landscape Architecture Programme, VUW). I think you should feel free to make your entry as serious, practical, frivolous, conceptual or idealistic as you wish. Remember: this is all about stimulating debate, so wider concerns such as the role of urban space, traffic and the very idea of a "memorial park" should all be open to question.