Monthly Archives: November 2009

PechaKucha @Dunedin

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

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Cellphone towers

### ODT Online Mon, 30 Nov 2009
Cellphone tower worries could spur rule changes
By Chris Morris
Growing concern over the proliferation of cellphone towers could prompt changes to the Dunedin City Council’s district plan. The council is expected to call for public submissions on possible changes to the rules section of its district plan by the middle of next year, and council hearings committee chairman Cr Colin Weatherall said he expected objections to cellphone-tower rules to be raised.
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BIG architecture for body and mind

While arguments rage about the form, there’s absolutely NO DOUBT the Bjarke Ingels Group deliver great space handling, geometry and detail, put simply: contemporary architecture on the client brief.

“From the main football field at its heart, to the gyms and auditoria, from the handball halls of the university to the laboratories of the health facility, it is an entire village committed to sport.”
-Nanna Gyldholm Moller, Project Leader, BIG

### Dezeen October 28th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
The World Village of Women Sports by BIG
By Rose Etherington
Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group have won a competition to design a centre for research, education and training about women’s sports in Malmo, Sweden. Called The World Village of Women Sports, the project is conceived as a series of buildings of varying size with sloping roofs, alternating with open spaces. The main hall will be able to accommodate football matches, concerts, conferences, exhibitions and markets.
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Random thought.
Stadium 3 for Dunedin, women’s only? (Stadiums 1 and 2 are male confections)


### TEDTalks Ideas worth spreading (filmed July 2009)

TEDtalksDirector 15 September 2009 Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature – they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy – and creating stunning views.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts.

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Toronto Tales

What could happen for Dunedin…

### Torontoist November 23, 2009 1:00 PM
Transit City or Transit Cities
By Hamutal Dotan

Transit City: the Toronto Transit Commission’s plan to build a network of light rail, extending dedicated transit infrastructure to many of Toronto’s neighbourhoods that lack it, thereby increasing residents’ quality of life, reducing our collective environmental footprint, and redressing a major backlog of transit development. Transit Cities: the term applied at a symposium held last week to cities that don’t just have transit but integrate it properly into the urban landscape, making good on the promise that transit expansion seems to hold but on which it doesn’t always deliver. Designing Transit Cities was its name, and bringing planners, academics, advocates, and the public at large up to speed on the opportunities and pitfalls of transit expansion was its goal.

The day-and-a-half-long symposium, co-sponsored by the City of Toronto, the Canadian Urban Institute, the Cities Centre at the University of Toronto, the Toronto Society of Architects, and various transit agencies, brought in experts from around the world to outline the successes and failures they’d seen in other cities’ transit expansions, and extrapolate some lessons for Toronto. Panel discussions dealt with everything from intelligent planning to community advocacy, and the symposium managed to cover a lot more ground than such events often do. (Though, as local transit guru Steve Munro suggested on his blog, this ground was perhaps well-trod, a rediscovery of ideas that have been discussed for decades.)

Though the speakers came from a variety of backgrounds, some themes did emerge quite clearly, providing a consensus view on the relationship between transit planning and urban development.
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Stadium: Information demands on DCC

### ODT Online Fri, 27 Nov 2009
DCC reviews charges for information
By David Loughrey
The number of demands for information from the Dunedin City Council have jumped to 66 in just three months, mainly as a result of members of the public and the media chasing details relating to the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The increase has placed a demand on staff time, and prompted a review of the amount the council charges.
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The Chronicles of Yarnia

With apologies to CS Lewis, the thread formerly known as “What else! Future options for Dunedin include…”.

Or, How We Ascend/Descend (Your Choice) Into Mud And Cloud Data, Again.

In the (slight but positive) delay to launch, the multi-author blog Paul is working to develop, I’m starting this new thread – it’s a BRAINSTORMER looking-forward place for your ideas and comments.

What if? threads will flow into the new so nothing’s lost. Time to ‘generate’. I’ve copied over comments received at High Street Cable Car to start things off. Away we go.

Peter November 25, 2009 at 11:22 am

Is the High St cable car option the only other one available if the upper Stuart St option is not viable? Isn’t it possible to run a rail car of some description – somewhere flat – like up to the North End, past the uni and Botanical Gardens to, say, the bottom of Baldwin St or out to South Dunedin / St Clair? It strikes me that the cost of going uphill makes the project more prohibitive because of health and safety issues and engineering difficulties. I’m no expert or authority on this. Just a curious citizen.
Whatever happens we need a railcar system that is practical and cheap for both city commuters and tourists. The Christchurch tram system is expensive to run, and to buy tickets for, and just seems to do a little meander around a relatively small area for the tourists. You may as well walk. There’s something kind of fake about it too.
For those real visionaries who are promoting this project – as opposed to the ’stadium visionaries’ – I don’t fancy the chances of anything happening soon or at least for many many years. (We know why, don’t we). I wouldn’t feel encouraged, but nevertheless good on them for persisting. Call me cynical, but the council’s response seems a nice way for gently letting people down and not completely dashing their hopes. If I was a cunning politician I would give such a sop to a sincere and dedicated group who are seen to be promoting something that is beneficial for ALL the people of Dunedin. The city kitty, unfortunately, has already been plundered – and the council knows it.


Phil [Cole] November 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I have to agree with you there, Peter. I think the idea of a cable car or tram system is great. And I congratulate Richard and the team for their work to date. Bill Campbell must be as pleased as. I’m not convinced about the route, however. Ok, it’s historical. So maybe it will mean something to the people who live in the area. But is that the target audience? No, I don’t think it is. The market, if not for commuters, is the tourist market. And the history of a tram route means absolutely nothing to them. I just wonder, when they get to the top of High Street, what are they going to do? What are they going to spend their tourist dollars on during the 24 hours they have in Dunedin, when they are spending 2 or 3 of those hours in Mornington? And, to be fair, the view on the way up is not going to make it onto a lot of video cameras to show back home.

Brilliant idea, and I don’t want this to appear as a brickbat. I do question that we have the best location for the market we’re hoping to attract. Stuart Street would have been ideal, down to the Railway Station, through the CBD, or a route to the beach. But no one will get past Don I suspect.

Elizabeth November 25, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I diverged off the Dunedin Cable Car organising group before it formed the charitable trust to do further investigation. A very nice group all up.

I hesitated at the time to take on another trusteeship due to workload and priorities – but also, as discussed with the group members, I’m interested in contemporary forms of transit, design and engineering, mobility access (the accessible journey) – and yes, BEST future market(s)… they being on the “flat”, and via route(s) looped, as I see it.

I can’t live in museums. San Francisco is a great experience. Christchurch trams are not. What can Dunedin do differently with new forms of public transport into the future, utilising the city’s great engineering base!!?? Remains one of my deepest interests.

Richard November 26, 2009 at 8:22 am

Now that’s the line of thinking, I applaud. One in which I am trysting with ‘Pukeko’ at ODT Online. His interest is an aviation musuem on lines (planes?) that have little connection with Dunedin.

I’ll come back and develop my thoughts on cable cars, trams et al when I get some time. The sort of things that form part of what Dr. Rodney Wilson sees as making Dunedin “a heritage city”.

“Big thinking does not happen in small spaces.”

We need a new thread, EK?

Calvin Oaten November 26, 2009 at 9:47 am

I can’t believe that anyone genuinely thinks that a cable car would fit into the modern transport modes of this city. On the basis of economics, the hopeless task of integration and so called novelty factor, it wouldn’t get past first base. Move on, get over it. Look to the future, not the past. Think outside the square, and outside current traffic ways. For a similar amount of expenditure a gondola from Bethunes Gully up to Mount Cargill would give an experience to die for. The trip would be memorable, the views from the top are 180 degrees, and the overview of Dunedin total. Take a trip up by road and see if I am not right. But hey! don’t forget, the stadium has put paid to any of these dreams.

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Stadium Family Fun Day – Sunday 6 December

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

25 November 2009

Forsyth Barr Stadium Family Fun Day

The Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza construction site will be open for public viewing on Sunday 6 December from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

David Davies, Chief Executive of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, said the day would be a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to visit the site and see the considerable progress made since construction began in June.

“We invite you to come along, bring your family and your camera, and see how far we have already come in the first few months of construction.” Rotary Club of Dunedin is hosting the family viewing day for a gold coin donation for adults or $5 for a family. The money raised will be used towards the Rotary Club of Dunedin’s community projects such as “Books in Homes” (providing free books to New Zealand children), Shelterboxes (for use in disaster-torn areas such as Samoa) and the eradication of polio.

“Visitors to the family viewing day will be able to see how the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza is taking shape and at the same time help the community,” said Mr Davies.

Entry to the site is between 11:00am and 2:00pm via the east end of Parry Street, off Ravensbourne Road. The tour route will take visitors through the middle of the Stadium site along the former Awatea Street, exiting via Anzac Avenue.

Limited off-street parking will be available on Parry Street. There will be food and refreshment stalls on site. Link

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High Street cable car

### ODT Online Wed, 25 Nov 2009
Cable car planning encouraged by DCC
By Chris Morris
The group promoting a plan to have cable cars rolling up and down Dunedin’s High St has been encouraged to continue its work by the Dunedin City Council.
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D Scene – ORC, no pressure

### D Scene 25-11-09

Rates rebels (page 1)
Otago Regional Council is brooking no nonsense from people abstaining from paying the portion of their rates designated for the construction of the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza, and has threatened to call in the debt collectors. See page 2.

Ratepayers may face collectors (page 2)
By Michelle Sutton
ORC finance manager Stuart Lanham said, in a letter to some ratepayers, that their debt would be pursued by debt collection agencies “without further notice”. Meanwhile, ORC corporate services director Wayne Scott said ratepayers who withheld payment because of Dunedin’s stadium would be specifically targeted, unlike ratepayers who failed to pay because they were struggling financially.

Rebellion gaining impetus (page 2)
By Michelle Sutton
A rates revolt led by former Dunedin Mayor Sukhi Turner against the city’s stadium appears to be gaining legs.

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Stadium boss quiet on plan (page 10)
By Michelle Sutton
Stadium boss David Davies has a master plan for the first three months of his job, but he refuses to talk about it. This is also part of the Welshman’s plan, as he settles in as chief executive of Carisbrook Stadium Trust and Dunedin Venues Management Ltd; say nothing.

PM books seat at the stadium (page 10)
By Michelle Sutton
Prime Minister John Key says he is not an “Indian-giver”, and he may have booked his $15 million seat at Dunedin’s stadium.


Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 14)
Your say: Letters to the Editor
Paying debts to council
Letters by Brian Miller, Mosgiel* and David Brownlie, Brockville

*The content of Mr Miller’s letter could very well unite prostadia and antistadia, on one matter anyway.

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DCC: “Linking Dunedin to the World”

We’ve never been linked to it before, apparently.

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Linking Dunedin to the World

24 November 2009

“The DCC has announced the name of the consultants who will identify opportunities and options for inclusion in the preparation of the city’s digital communication strategy.

A multi-discipline Dunedin City Digital Communications Group, under the chairmanship of city councillor Dave Cull, having considered applications from six companies, has invited Effectus Ltd, a business consultancy specialising in information and communications technology and performance improvement services to facilitate the Group’s strategy development.

When complete the strategy, which will be community not Council focussed, will enhance Dunedin and the surrounding regions’ digital communications capacity.”
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Report – EDC – 24/11/2009 (PDF, 92.9 KB)
Dunedin City Digital Communications Strategy

Golly. This could supercede the stadium as our handshake to the world.

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We heard this one.

Barry Stewart again. Channel 9 News tells us “plans to introduce kerbside recycling could be delayed”. Read more in Wednesday’s Otago Daily Times.

The fact is we already have some kerbside recycling. Dunedin City Council, however, has been considering the options to achieve greater recycling of waste gathered in residential kerbside collections.


### ODT Online Wed, 25 Nov 2009
Wheelie bins still in the slow lane
By Chris Morris
The chairman of the Dunedin City Council’s infrastructure services committee has again signalled plans to introduce a new kerbside collection system in Dunedin could be delayed.
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Tell us we misheard it…


ODT’s Barry Stewart on Channel 9 News highlighted stories appearing in Tuesday’s newspaper. First mention before we fainted was… No, we really must have misheard it.

Dunedin City Council has voted to [defer?????!!!!!] work on the second stage of the Tahuna Wastewater Treatment Plant.

We ran the DVD back, it did sound like THAT word.
WHY. It can’t be true.

### ODT Online Tue, 24 Nov 2009
DCC may defer Tahuna work
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council looks set to delay part of the planned $74.3 million stage two upgrade to the Tahuna wastewater treatment plant. Council staff have recommended aspects of the plant’s upgrade associated with the processing of solid materials be deferred for two years, while wastewater treatment upgrades proceed as planned.
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High Street Cable Car a possibility

This story appeared under the grainy headline “Rocky road for cable cars” on page one of Otago Daily Times print and digital editions.

### ODT Online Mon, 23 Nov 2009
Stuart St cable car plan rejected
By Chris Morris
A plan to have cable cars rolling through the centre of Dunedin for the first time in more than 50 years has been rejected in a report by Dunedin City Council staff. However, a second plan – for cable cars to run from the Exchange up High St – remains a possibility. The Dunedin Cable Car Trust was developing plans for a 1.5km cable car route between the Exchange and the Mornington shopping centre.
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Dunedin Cable Car Trust
Trustees: Bill Campbell, Tony Chance, Phil Cole, Neville Jemmett, Don Myers and Sue Russell.

Report – EDC – 24/11/2009 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
Cable Car Proposals

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Toyo Ito’s solar powered stadium, Taiwan

This will be old news to some readers, but let’s mark this one again for posterity – compared to how we do things in Dunedin.

“. . . the impressive roof construction that is simultaneously a solar power station.”

### 20 May 09
Construction Is finished For Toyo Ito’s Solar Powered Stadium

Construction is finished for Japanese architect Toyo Ito’s solar powered stadium in Taiwan. The stadium’s roof is covered by 8,844 solar panels. The stadium is located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and it was built to coincide with the opening of the World Games [in July].

The ‘World Games Stadium’ holds 55,000 spectators and it cost $150 million to build. The stadium will hold the record for largest solar-powered stadium in the world with its 14,155m2 roof. It could potentially generate 1.14 Gigawatt hours of electricity every year, enough to power up to 80% of the surrounding neighbourhood.

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3rd Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference

### ODT Online Sat, 21 Nov 2009
Focus on glories of past
By John Gibb
Some of the glories of Dunedin’s engineering heritage will be highlighted at a transtasman conference being hosted in the city this weekend.
Among engineering treasures some of the 120 people attending the engineering heritage conference will be able to examine are recently discovered plans of the city’s Mornington cable car system, which began operating in 1883.

Engineering heritage-related displays are being staged at the Hocken Library, the Otago Settlers Museum, the Otago Museum and the National Archives Dunedin office. The recently-discovered Dunedin cable car plans are not on display at the Hocken but can be viewed on request.

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3rd Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference

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Stadium: Key’s message to opponents….

“In 10 years’ time if they go to the people of Dunedin and say they want to rip it up and park it in Invercargill, they will have a riot on their hands.”

### ODT Online Sat, 21 Nov 2009
Stadium funds: We’re not Indian-givers, says Key
By David Loughrey
Prime Minister John Key yesterday said the Government was unlikely to ask for its $15 million back if the Forsyth Barr Stadium is not finished in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Mr Key toured the stadium yesterday morning, and his message to opponents of the project was to look long term.
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Social and Environmental Sustainability is a moral imperative.

Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organisation which promotes architecture and design solutions to humanitarian crises.

At TEDGlobal U, Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction labourers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response:

TEDtalksDirector. Filmed February 2009; posted 13 November 2009.


Cameron Sinclair on ‘Open-source architecture to house the world’:

TEDtalksDirector. 16 January 2007.
See other TED videos with Cameron Sinclair here.


TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So TED is building a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.


Cameron Sinclair was born 1973, in London, UK. Sinclair was trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. During his studies, he developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design. His postgraduate thesis focused on providing shelter to New York’s homeless population through sustainable, transitional housing. After completing his studies, he moved to New York where he has worked as a designer and project architect. Sinclair has worked on projects in more than 20 countries including England, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and the United States. designboom interviewed Sinclair on January 12, 2006.

Visit the Architecture for Humanity homepage.

Get the book:
Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises by Architecture for Humanity. Leilani Labong, at 7X7 Magazine, describes it as “a 336-page love letter to architects worldwide who provide pro-bono design services to communities that have survived war, government oppression and natural disasters. It’s also an antidote to apathy.”

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PM news @Dunedin

### Last updated 13:51 20/11/2009
John Key books Dunedin Rugby World Cup seat
By Michelle Sutton – D Scene

Prime Minister John Key will take a pew in his Government’s $15 million seat at Dunedin’s stadium to watch a 2011 Rugby World Cup match. Key’s Government plans to make make full use of the $15m his Government gave Dunedin City Council for the city’s $198m roofed stadium. Today, after a tour of the stadium construction site, Key said he would watch a Rugby World Cup game from a seat at Dunedin’s stadium if it is finished on time.
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John Key spotted at the new St Clair Beach Resort, and at the Allied Press building. Thanks Twitterfolk.


### ODT Online Fri, 20 Nov 2009
Key throws support behind stadium
Prime Minister John Key has thrown his support behind the controversial new Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Mr Key said the stadium would become “the new house of pain”, and a focal point for the community.
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If the ball gets dropped #markthal

Updated post Thu, 5 Feb 2015 at 3:17 p.m.

New use for fubar stadium, ok – joke! . . .

Rotterdam Market Hall by MVRDV-01 []Rotterdam Market Hall []

MVRDVrotterdam Uploaded on 15 May 2009
MVRDV Market Hall Rotterdam (animation by Wieland & Gouwens)
New public market for Rotterdam, Netherlands, sheltered by an arch of 219 apartments in the centre of Rotterdam. Client is Provast, expected completion in 2014.

Kanaal van Provast Uploaded on Nov 22, 2009
Introfilm Markthal Rotterdam – De eerste Markthal van Nederland
Music: “Dogstar (Instrumental)” by Hybrid (Google Play • iTunes • eMusic)
[includes abstracted site history]

### Thursday 19 Nov 2009
Archway to the future: Rotterdam Market Hall, Rotterdam, Netherlands
First ground was broken this week (18 November) at the site of the new €175 million Rotterdam Market, representing the beginnings of a new hybrid social hub. The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutleb and city councillor Hamit Karakus were on site to commence the construction of the monolithic 100,000 sq m public market and apartment building, designed by MVRDV.
Once complete in 2014 the market will be a giant cavernous archway in the centre of post-war Rotterdam, situated near the historic Laurens church. 228 apartments over ten upper levels will engulf the market void and overlook 100 stalls from interior windows. Each apartment will also feature a balcony on the exterior connecting the project with the community from all angles. The two lower levels of the archway will be used as public space introducing shops and restaurants. Together with an underground supermarket, 1200 parking spaces and 102 of the apartments developed as rental properties, the project is expressed as a social integration in the centre of Rotterdam.
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adjofilm Published on May 25, 2014
NETHERLANDS – Europe – ROTTERDAM – Market Hall Construction Day 2014
Building the new Market Hall in Rotterdam is almost completed. The art work on the walls and the ceiling is claimed to be the largest piece of art in the world. Private homes are build in the walls and in the ceiling. Additionally there are 4 underground levels with shops and car parks. The size of the inner space of the hall is 40 m high, 60 m wide and 120 m long.

Sander Sloots Published on Oct 1, 2014
Markthal in Rotterdam is open (Market Hall – Food Court) MVRDV
The Market Hall in Rotterdam is now open. It is design by architect and urban design practice MVRDV. The art work at the ceiling is designed by Arno Coenen and is called Horn of Plenty. Due to this artwork the Market Hall was nicknamed as the Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam.
Under the market floor there is also a supermarket (Albert Heijn) and an underground car park of four floors.

Visit for more information about the complex.
You can also follow MVRDV on Twitter and Facebook : “MVRDV Rotterdam”.

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University building at stadium – update

### ODT Online Fri, 20 Nov 2009
University scales back plan
By Allison Rudd
In a statement, property services director Barry MacKay said details of the design and budget for the project would not be released until they were approved by the university council and that had not yet happened. However, plans made public last year for an L-shaped building of about 13,400sq m had now been replaced with a rectangular building plan of about 10,000sq m, he said.
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Interesting. SH88 realignment.

### ODT Online Fri, 20 Nov 2009
Price stalls SH88 land sale
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is still locked in talks with Scenic Circle Hotel chairman Earl Hagaman over land needed for the realignment of State Highway 88 past the Forsyth Barr Stadium, just months before construction is to begin.

Council project engineer Evan Matheson said, when contacted, the realignment was expected to cost about $10 million, offset by a confirmed 65% subsidy from the New Zealand Transport Agency. That meant the council’s share would be $3.5 million, while NZTA paid $6.5 million but would take control of the road once completed, he said.

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New mid-sized theatre sidestepped, again

### ODT Online Thu, 19 Nov 2009
Editorial: A stage too far
Timing, it seems, is as crucial to important decisions by the Dunedin City Council as it is to government on a larger scale. There will be a lot of speculation in the city about whether the chances for a new purpose-built mid-sized theatre would have been improved had the council not first committed so much of its new funding to the roofed stadium and the very substantial redevelopment of the town hall and Glenroy.
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Logan Park Redevelopment: Compromise for Old Art Gallery

### ODT Online Thu, 19 Nov 2009
Art gallery demolition on agenda
By David Loughrey
Demolition of part of the former art gallery at Logan Park appears to be getting closer, as behind-closed-doors negotiations reach their conclusion. The Otago Daily Times understands the Dunedin City Council is planning partial demolition of the former art gallery, with bays at the end of the building by the University Oval to go.
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Open Lecture by Sir Neil Cossons – “Preserving the genius of engineering”

“Without the creative genius of engineers life for most of us would be less worthwhile.” In this lecture Sir Neil Cossons considers how the engineering record of achievement is being preserved throughout the world as part of tomorrow’s heritage and as a testament to engineers and engineering. This record is to be cherished as an inspiration for the future.

– Sir Neil Cossons is the former chair of English Heritage, an internationally renowned advisor on heritage policy and management, and a patron of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum.


A celebration for the recipients of the –
David Cox Memorial Award 2009
“To recognise and encourage excellence on the restoration, conservation and continued use of historic buildings and structures in Otago”

The awards will be presented prior to the lecture. All welcome.

WHEN – Monday 23 November 2009
WHERE – Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
WHAT TIME – 7:00 pm

This is an Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference Event in conjunction with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.


“The gasworks is part of Dunedin’s and the whole world’s heritage. It tells part of the global story – and the whole of the rest of the global story has gone.”

### Channel 9 News November 18, 2009 – 5:48pm
Dunedin Gasworks Museum seen as historically significant as Stonehenge
One of Dunedin’s newest museums was visited today by one of its Patrons, who says it’s an example of our city leading the world. Sir Neil Cossons is the former Chair of English Heritage, and a proud current Patron of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum, which he sees as being as historically significant as Stonehenge or The Pyramids.


Dunedin became home to one of the most exceptionally preserved gasworks museums in the world, when the Engine House Dunedin Gasworks Museum opened on 3 February 2001. The museum exhibits unique collections of working gas and steam technology. The Dunedin Gasworks was New Zealand’s first when it opened in 1863 and the last when it ceased production in 1987. At the peak of its production in the 1970s over 18,000 customers received coal gas through an intricate system of underground mains extending throughout the city and suburbs.
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Dunedin Gasworks Museum
20 Braemar St, South Dunedin
Organisation: Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust (03) 455 5063
Open first and third Sundays of each month, 12 noon – 4:00 pm
Light admission charges apply to non members.

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Stadium: CE has to make the venue work


### ODT Online Tue, 17 Nov 2009
Stadium chief executive starts work
By Chris Morris
The new head of the Forsyth Barr Stadium has started work in Dunedin. Welshman David Davies had his first day in the office yesterday, beginning his new role as chief executive of Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) with back-to-back meetings after arriving in New Zealand on Friday.

Mr Davies would initially be a council employee, until transferring to the DVML’s books once the stadium was completed in 2011.

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### ODT Online Wed, 18 Nov 2009
Stadium chief goes to work
By Sarah Harvey
He took the job knowing it came with its fair share of criticism. He also knew how big a job there was ahead, but the new chief of the Forsyth Barr Stadium, David Davies, is certain he can keep the operation in the black.
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