Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

The politics of architecture

Next Wednesday (10th August), the Architectural Centre will run a forum for politicans to present their policies on architecture and the built environment. Politicans attending include Marion Hobbs (Labour), Sue Bradford (Greens), and Muriel Newman (ACT). National and the Maori Party may send representatives, but NZ First and United Future are unable to attend.

The evening will begin with a lecture by John Wardle followed at 7 with the political forum. Appropriately, the forum will be held in one of Wellington's best recent buildings, Rutherford House (though Hank Dittmar doesn't like it).

This event is timely, not just because the election is looming, but because the Arch Centre is debating a proposal for a Manifesto for Architecture, the City Council is seeking input into their draft community outcomes document, and the Urbanism Downunder conference starts a week later. So, it's a good time to think about what we want from our city and built environment. Also, John Wardle is one of the architects entering the design competition for new buildings around Waitangi Park.

  • John Wardle + Political Forum
  • Rutherford House, lecture theatre 1, corner Lambton Quay and Bunny St
  • 5.30 drinks, 6pm John Wardle lecture, 7pm political forum


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