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Vertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington

Vertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington (Hardback)

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...we of this Architectural Centre in Wellington are a group of architects and draughtsmen and wood engravers and other people whose greatest claim to affiliation is an overriding enthusiasm for good design." - Design Review, 1948 "Planning was the battle-cry, the code name for the vital process that would make possible and indeed inevitable the world we intended to make. It meant design, as opposed to accident, or habit; everything from lamp-post to urban design." - Allan Wild In 1946, just as the Group was being established in Auckland, Wellington established the Architectural Centre. Members of both were young and idealistic, and they shared common beliefs - in the transformative potential of modern architecture, in need for urban development to be carefully controlled, in the desirability of planning for a better future. The Group survived for just over a decade while the Centre still exists, but remarkably architects remember the former but not the latter.

While the Group focused on the small, refined, architecturally designed house that was to dominate the mythology of New Zealand architecture, the Centre focused on the urban living that New Zealanders actually embraced and tackled tough questions: how houses go together to make suburbs, how those people who do not belong to the archetypal nuclear family might best be housed, with how the central city and the public realm might be saved. This book recovers the powerful history, politics and architecture of the Architectural Centre to return us to a vision of a modernist city, partially realised in Wellington New Zealand. Gatley and Walker begin writing the city back into the history of architecture in this country.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureHistory of architecture & Preservation of BuildingsArchitecture & DesignArchitectureReference & Theory of architecture Publisher: Auckland University Press Publication Date: 21/07/2014 ISBN-13: 9781869408152  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Julia Gatley is a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Melbourne, she is author of Athfield Architects (Auckland University Press, 2012) and editor of Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (Auckland University Press, 2010) and Long Live the Modern: New Zealand's New Architecture, 1904-1984 (Auckland University Press, 2008). Paul Walker is a professor of architecture at the University of Melbourne. Educated at the University of Auckland, he is co-author with Justine Clark of Looking for the Local: Architecture and the New Zealand Modern (Victoria University Press, 2000). Recent publications include chapters in The Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory, edited by Greig Chrysler, Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen (Sage, 2012); Neo-Avant-garde and Postmodern: Postwar Architecture in Britain and Beyond, edited by Mark Crinson and Claire Zimmerman (Yale University Press, 2010); and Colonial Modernities, edited by Peter Scriver and Vikramaditya Prakash (Routledge, 2007).

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