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

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Road working

Excerpt from Road Works design competition flyerThe 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
Historical Context
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 rhys.williams@vuw.ac.nz. 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.


At 2:42 am, July 29, 2007, Blogger Seamonkey Madness said...


Would you be able to post any other competitions of this sort up? The format is bloody exciting and would love to see it applied to other 'projects' like this.

Not enough leas time though. How long had you known about this anyway?


At 9:21 am, July 31, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

Sorry about the late notice! I'd known about it for about a week, but there were some details that only came through a day or so before I posted it.

I had thought that things like this would be of interest to only a small fraction of my readers, but I'll make sure in the future to be more diligent in posting about public competitions. I think there are a couple coming up in the next few months, so I'll keep you (and everyone else) posted.

At 9:15 am, August 01, 2007, Blogger Seamonkey Madness said...

Cheers Tom!


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