Vanishing Views

I love this show, critical but not dismissive of new developments in and around Britain. It acknowledges progress, often critical, but never dismissive, yet has a fantastic look to the past as the Architect Ptolemy (there’s a name for you) draws some iconic British buildings. Tonight’s was on St Paul’s Cathedral.

“Architect Ptolemy Dean sketches famous views in Britain before they disappear forever..”

If you get the chance, Living Channel 10:30 Monday Nights.

Britain’s skylines are changing faster than ever – and architect Ptolmey Dean is setting out to capture five iconic British views which all have one thing in common – they are about to vanish forever. A talented watercolourist, Ptolemy takes his sketchbook to record these unique views of British cities at a particular moment in time. He’ll go to any lengths to find the perfect place to sketch from, whether he’s taking to the high seas, clinging to rooftops or perching precariously on top of a crane – and it’s this determination which means he gets a unique perspective on some of Britain’s landmark views – before they change forever.

Sorry off topic, but think about it, central to a lot of the discussions that should be taking place on the stadium, rather than if South Dunedin is going to float away, how many poos are in St Clair Beach or business broadband.

Sorry haven’t found any YouTube clips so may have to make some myself.

Actually while I’m on it, there have been plenty of programmes on Architecture, but have there ever been any on Urban Design/Town Planning – can’t remember any?


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One response to “Vanishing Views

  1. Elizabeth

    Quick Quick
    Send in Mr Ptolemy Dean, angel and saint, to capture the welcoming little church building at 329 Hillside Road before its owners, their architects and the Council see to its DEMOLITION read TOTAL ANNIHILATION.

    All this with the DUNEDIN CITY HERITAGE STRATEGY newly in place.

    Oh yes, ponder this, in the Happy City that celebrates its DUNEDIN HERITAGE FESTIVAL this month, at Anniversary Weekend.

    Thanks Paul, your post drew this little aside, make that broadside. For me and some locals, a red raw gaping wound that has nothing to do with attacking the church in question’s continuing positive quest to offer relevant social services on their site – it’s just that they refuse to SEE and SAFEGUARD their built heritage, or maintain STEWARDSHIP for the COMMUNITY of a unique building asset in the story of South Dunedin. One that is clear, simple, economical, jubilant and engaging – perfect for adaptive reuse and FOSTERING of kindred spirit.

    Most learned architects and designers would give their eye teeth to refresh and develop this old building (c. 1894) in a contemporary, upmarket sustainable way.

    Along with one or two others I’ll be at the resource consent hearing next week trying to convert the blind, the fickle and the irresponsible. The Council planner supports the application. AN UNMITIGATED DISASTER before we’ve even been heard by the hearing panel.

    Leaving out the technical arguments here. I will eventually front with something of the calm and useful sort… it may scarcely dent their wish to build dead-style hacienda forms across the road from the super hard-glazed industrial sheds of the illustrious Hillside Engineering Group.

    You see? The perfect architectural and urban design challenge – how to integrate a wonderful old building in reasonable condition for ‘continuing’ use within an Industrial 1 zone (the zoning came well after the Methodists settled their parish here).

    The Council planner says ‘true exception’. I can but say ‘true Heritage exception’.

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