You have to start asking questions when Africa starts producing far more progressive architecture than we do here in Auckland. They say that residents of a city can be judged by the architecture that they produce – are we boring ? cowards ? old fashioned ? conservative ? unimaginative ? dull ? poor ? you can be forgiven for saying yes to all of the afore-mentioned statements.
Auckland architecture is at least a decade behind when it comes to architectural styles. I don’t know whether or not it’s because architects are afraid that the nimby’s repressed and narrow-minded brain-matter can’t handle the excitement of seeing something progressive and out-of-the-ordinary or are they too afraid to be creative or are they just lazy.
I know one thing for sure and that is we need to snap out of our coma and start producing some outlandish creations that are both sculptural and in-keeping with International trends. Little dull boxes are just not good enough anymore and quite frankly embarrassing (the proposal for the NZ International Convention Centre is one such example). This also pertains to landscape architecture which is just as dull with everything arranged in straight little lines and the same concept repeated over and over and over again.
We don’t need to look far for inspiration, Wellington is far more creative when compared to Auckland and now is the time for Auckland to catch a wake up and lead the way. Below are some images taken from projects that are being developed in Africa: