Architecture

On June 12, 2013 by Eye on Auckland

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Africa Rising

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:

MAURITIUS 4

MAURITIUS

MAURITIUS 3

MAURITIUS

MAURITIUS 2

MAURITIUS

MAURITIUS 1

MAURITIUS

JOHANNESBURG 2

SOUTH AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG

SOUTH AFRICA

EGYPT 2

EGYPT

EGYPT 1

EGYPT

CAPE TOWN

SOUTH AFRICA

BOTSWANA INNOVATION HUB 2

BOTSWANA

BOTSWANA INNOVATION HUB

BOTSWANA

ANGOLA 1

ANGOLA

ALGERIA 2

ALGERIA

ALGERIA 1

ALGERIA

 

 

4 Responses to “Architecture”

  • Hey Sydney, good post.The problem with Auckland is that everything takes soooo long to get approved – will our transport system ever get sorted- How do you think those Nimby’s would react to some of those way-out designs from Africa?

    • Eye on auckland

      Hi Andrew,

      I couldn’t agree more – talk, talk, talk – public feedback – talk, talk, talk – zzzzzzzzzz – public feedback – talk, talk, talk – zzzzzzzzzz – talk, talk, talk ;) The nimbys will arrange an exorcism if they saw any of those African proposals LOL …

      I have high hopes for our public transport and coming from where I do I think that it is great :) it’s all relative I guess but I think that there is the drive and determination to get it right. It is never going to be perfect but it will be way better :)

      I also hope that we see bolder architecture – collaborations between Aussie and NZ architectural firms seem to be just the ticket eg. ASB and The Auckland Art Gallery. Cross fingers :)

  • AucklandACE

    Well after seeing these images, definitely. I don’t think we’re that bad either. Like Andrew said, progress is stunted by bureaucratic imbeciles who don’t know what’s best for Auckland or its people. We can’t just be good anymore. We need to be at the forefront of technology and architecture design if we want to attract capital to our fine shores. But to be fair, Auckland has made huge strides in the last five years alone. In the next 10 years we might even be spectacular!

    • Eye on auckland

      Yes I agree 110%, we are not that bad and we have made great strides. Like you I think that we need to push the boundaries and explore new ideas i.e. think outside of the square ;) As much as I like the idea of keeping things local maybe we need International competition – get foreign firms to bid for projects and this might inspire local firms to be bolder and adventurous.

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