Speed Mentoring Night
Organised by Joy Partridge and Lauren Speer, Architectus Auckland studio hosted a Speed Mentoring Night in association with Architecture + Women NZ. Being the opposite of a formal mentor/mentee type of function, the event format was fast and loose, with an organic and casual approach to forming mentor relationships. The night also marked the launch of A+W NZ’s Mentoring Page on their website.
Green Architecture Walking Tour
The NZIA Auckland Branch and the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) ran a joint walking tour which visited recently completed sustainable developments in Wynyard Quarter. Architectus presented Wynyard Central Insert link to project page (which achieves Homestar 7/8 rating), 58 Gaunt Street (5* Green Star rating – NZ Excellence) and 155 Fanshawe Street which targets a 6* Green Star Design and Built rating (World Leadership).
‘Back of House’ guided tour
Patrick Clifford and Severin Soder from our Auckland studio took a group on a tour through the recently completed Wynyard Central residential development. The group visited a variety of different apartment typologies which foster diverse city living.
This event enabled the public to go behind the scenes of architecture studios and find out how architects do what they do. Our Auckland and Christchurch studios opened their doors under the guise of ‘coffee with an architect’ – inviting visitors to have a cup of coffee, chat with the architects and learn about what goes on in the every day world of an architectural practice.
World Park(ing) Day
The New Zealand Institute of Architects Auckland Branch participated in world PARK(ing) Day on Friday 21st September. PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event aimed at raising awareness of the important role that public open space plays in improving the quality of our lives. The day is an annual global event that started in 2005 when a San Francisco art and design studio converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco.
Since then it has evolved into a global movement, with organisations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public spaces in urban settings throughout the world.
There were about 50 temporary parklets this year across Auckland. The Auckland studio occupied a car just meters from their front door on High Street. The installation played with the symbol of the yellow line (no parking) and transformed it into a three-dimensional object constructed from yellow painted card board boxes, which acted as a canvas for passers-by to leave thoughts on the improvement of the public realm.