Daily Archives: November 14, 2009

Arena Zagreb, Croatia

From Dezeen this morning: RT @thefabricpress @Dezeen call it a “cats cradle sports arena” http://bit.ly/3iG8Im It resembles what Obelix left of a boar roast…

But check out the multifunctional brief:

### Dezeen November 13th, 2009
Arena Zagreb by UPI-2M
By Rose Etherington

Arena Zagreb in Croatia by architects UPI-2M was awarded Structural Design of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona last week.

Arena Zagreb is a multifunctional indoor hall with the footprint of 90340 sq m. It is located in the southwestern part of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, at one of the main city entrances. Also it lies opposite the popular Zagreb recreation and sports centre Jarun. Arena Zagreb has become a new city emblem on one of its main axes, offering to the citizens a large palette of amusement events.
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Nice 3d swivel (notice all the coach parking):

This video shows the look of Zagreb Arena, the new arena finished in November 2008, a few months before the World Handball Championship in Croatia 2009. The arena is multifunctional, for many sports such as boxing, handball, volleyball, basketball, table tenis, athletics etc. Minimum capacity is 10,000 seats for athletics competitions, and maximum with over 25,000 seats for concerts. For handball matches during the world championship capacity will be around 16,000 seats. –metlazgb 20 July 2007

This shows Arena Zagreb, the building of it, step by step, from the lowest underground parts until the end. –metlazgb 28 November 2008


Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Architecture, Construction, Design, Project management, Site, Town planning

STS Notice of Special Meeting

As received:

From: sts-bounces@taniwha.com [mailto:sts-bounces@taniwha.com] On Behalf Of Stop the Stadium Announcement list
Sent: Thursday, 12 November 2009 8:44 p.m.
To: sts@taniwha.com
Subject: [sts] STS Meeting reminder

To all STS members.

Notice of Special meeting, to be held at Pioneer Women’s Hall, 362, Moray Place. (near Dick Smith’s), on Sunday, 15th November, at 3:00pm.

Dear Members,

Sunday’s meeting (a rescheduling of our previous fixture) has been called to debate the future of STS. We urge you to attend and participate.

The forthcoming local body elections (now less than a year away) are likely to be more fiercely-contested than at any time in Dunedin’s recent history. Controversy is likely to intensify, rather than abate, as the existing Councils continue to operate unconstrained by financial reality. The Stadium’s new manager – a bargain at $250,000 per annum – is merely an item of petty cash to the present councillors, and it is symptomatic of our current malaise that Bevan Dodds, of Dunedin City Holdings, yesterday found himself unable to respond to a few simple points raised by Ian [Pillans] in the ODT. It would require too much editorial space, said Mr Dodds, to explain the complex financial dodgery whereby the City Council is able to conjure millions of dollars out of thin air, without cost or disadvantage to anyone. One sympathises with Mr Dodds, for this is certainly a tough assignment – but it would be nice if he were to make the attempt. At the very least we could have a good laugh – and the ODT would hardly wish to abridge such a wonderful exercise in creative jiggery-pokery.

The coming elections will be interesting, with every likelihood of a dramatic cleanout of deadwood both in the DCC and the ORC. We believe that the people who brought about the Stadium disaster (to name just the most prominent debacle) should be returned to the obscurity they merit. We believe that STS can play a useful role in achieving this.

The main business of Sunday’s meeting will be to debate changes to STS’s name and constitution. These changes, which were detailed in our previous mailout, are necessary if we intend to constructively participate in the restoration of honesty and democratic responsibility to the governance of Dunedin. Please come along on Sunday.

Dave Witherow (President). Gavin MacDonald (Vice-President). Pat Johnston (Treasurer). Carol Sawyer (Secretary). Rolf Feitscher. Darryl Ostrer. Lyndon Weggery. (Committee).

Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Politics, STS

From the log books of a twenty-year distress #DCC

Dunedin City Council has overcommitted to a stadium. Because of this we lose some sweet, uniting, smaller projects for the city.

Plan for new 800-seat theatre at Dunedin rejected in report.

Report – CDC – 17/11/2009 (PDF, 67.2 KB)
Performing Arts in Dunedin – Options for the future

Report – CDC – 17/11/2009 (PDF, 774.6 KB)
Performing Arts in Dunedin – Options for the Future – Attachment: Report from Deloitte

### ODT Online Sat, 14 Nov 2009
Plan for theatre rejected
By David Loughrey
A plan for a new 800-seat theatre in Dunedin has been rejected in a report, which instead recommends the city’s theatres be overhauled at a cost of more than $14 million. The report leaves the future of the Athenaeum building, which the council bought in 2007 in part to provide for a new theatre, unclear.
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Sadly, another one down – but not out.
There are ways the community can help sort the future location and business plan for Ocean Beach Railway.

Otago Railway and Locomotive Society faces long-term problems, as its 700m railway line at Kettle Park may have to go when the council comes up with a management plan for an area affected by encroachment by the sea.

### ODT Online Fri, 13 Nov 2009
Rail group calls for heritage fund
By David Loughrey
A call for a fund to support Dunedin’s industrial heritage has not found favour with Dunedin City Council staff, who recommend it be rejected, saying it is “not a current priority”.
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A reader’s reaction – Just like I always said…..

Report – CDC – 17/11/2009 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Draft Coastal Dune Reserve Management Plan

Noah’s Ark – demolition by neglect, by Dunedin City Council.

As the tv ad says: that’s handy.
We’re a sustainable city council after all. [large question mark]

Practically any building of this kind can be conserved, adapted and or redeveloped. Ask any craft builder. But what would Mick Reece know about that.
What do people want to see at Marlow Park? Have that discussion with the community before any demolition takes place.

### ODT Online Sat, 14 Nov 2009
No covenant for this Ark
By Chris Morris
God may have commanded the construction of Noah’s Ark, but it appears only divine intervention can save Dunedin’s version of the vessel. The 64-year-old building which houses Noah’s Ark Cafe at the Marlow Park playground, near St Kilda beach, looks set to be demolished at the Dunedin City Council’s instruction.
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Report – CDC – 17/11/2009 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
Former Noah’s Ark facility – Marlow Park

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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