This semester we are lucky to have Susanne Hoffman as architect in residence from the Technical University of Berlin. Susanne leads the Baupiloten project which is a student-based professional practice that has produced some very interesting design work with children’s spaces especially through the use of light diffusion to create atmosphere. Continue reading
Yesterday I came across the term ground truth pixels. It was embedded within a range of other interesting urban geotech terms such as confusion matrix and seed cities in a paper about remote sensing, that is, reading cities via satellite imagery. To me this is urban poetry. Continue reading
Auckland is a very different city to a pedestrian than it is to a commuter. Auckland has one of the largest car ownership ratios in the world… but one of the most beautiful physical environments also, and what better way to see it than in the daily transit… So where is everybody…? Continue reading
13th August 2011
- Last weekend (5-6 August 2011) Auckland celebrated the long-awaited opening of the new Wynyard Quarter, the most attractively positioned post-industrial emerging public space of our city. For a long time the beautiful Wai-te-mata, the sea of black obsidian, has washed up against the vertical poles of marine sub-structure to a farm of tanks, which have been haphazardly leaking toxic petroleum waste in spurts, spills and drips into our lovely harbour. As history observes, when the petrodollars walk away, the collective starts dreaming into new spaces of possibility.
Plants think as they grow. These two species of NZ jasmine, clematis paniculata and clematis forsterii , grown on an espalier structure in Titirangi, Auckland, demonstrate Gregory Bateson’s approach to ecology that viewed all the systems of the living natural world as having “minds”. Continue reading