Daily Archives: February 5, 2015

Contemporary Architecture’s better threads

“It’s more than skinny-leg suits, ties, glasses, semi-covered tattoos, sunscreen, and PolSci.” –Anonymous

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The Creators Project Published on Oct 7, 2013

Buildings That Breathe | Doris Sung’s Living Architecture
Using responsive thermo-bimetals that “breathe” to heat or cool a building, Doris Sung is making architecture more lifelike and environmentally friendly.

More information: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/exclusive-video-doris-sungs-living-architecture

See more of her work here: http://www.dosu-arch.com/

The Creators Project Published on May 2, 2013

Architectural Visions of the Future | Meet Factory Fifteen

Film and animation collective Factory Fifteen build architectural representations of the future inspired by current socio-political and economic situations including the London riots and rapid population growth.

Factory Fifteen: http://factoryfifteen.com/

The Creators Project Published on Feb 14, 2013

Curating Public Space | Hirshhorn, High Line, Lincoln Center & More
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is the interdisciplinary design firm behind NYC’s High Line and Lincoln Center, The Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and the planned Seasonable Inflatable Structure for The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: http://hirshhorn.si.edu

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: http://dillerscofidio.com

The Creators Project Uploaded on Mar 3, 2011

Meet MOS Architects (MoMA PS1)
MOS Architects are not your ordinary architects. Watch how this collection of architects and designers experiment with writing software, creating movies and designing art installations.

More on MOS Architects: http://bit.ly/d2uUu6

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30.1.15 Daniel Libeskind, on the scope of architecture
27.1.15 Charles Jencks —extreme emotion and neutrality
25.1.15 Kimbell Art Museum Expansion (Piano Pavilion)
20.11.09 [updated 5.2.15] If the ball gets dropped #markthal

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Dunedin median house prices down

Link received Thu, 5 Feb 2015 at 9:18 a.m.
Comment: “Median property prices down in Dunedin and other centres just as Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) are making plans to grab a bigger slice of your pie.”

### interest.co.nz February 5, 2015 – 07:00am
Want to see what movement in the NZ median house price excluding Auckland would look like? All is revealed here
By Gareth Vaughan
We all know that if you took the Auckland housing market out of New Zealand the overall housing market picture would look very different. Would the Reserve Bank have ever felt the need to introduce restrictions on banks’ low equity residential mortgage lending without Auckland? Very unlikely. And would the likes of Brian Gaynor be raising eyebrows with warnings that house prices could fall by up to 25% if it wasn’t for the Auckland market? Nope.

Just how big a driver Auckland is on national house prices is made clear in the table below.

Table 5.2.15 [interest.co.nz]Table: interest.co.nz

Based on Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) data, Auckland’s median house price rose $238,000, or 54%, in the six years from December 2008 to December 2014. Over the same time period the national median price rose $121,500, or 37%. But the national median price excluding Auckland rose just $50,000, or 17.5%.

Figures for the 2014 calendar year are perhaps even more stark. The REINZ Auckland median price was up $78,000, or 13%, last year to $678,000. The national median rose $23,000, or 5.4%, to $450,000. And the New Zealand median price excluding Auckland rose just $3,500, or 1%, last year to $335,000.

So if you take Auckland out of the picture, where according to REINZ about 38% to 40% of national monthly sales are made, the national median price barely budged last year. No wonder many people outside the City of Sails get so grumpy about the Auckland housing market and the Reserve Bank’s high loan-to-value ratio restrictions.
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Related Post and Comments:
2.2.15 LGNZ run by Mad Rooster Yule, end of story

Tax Payers’ Union – Media Release
2.2.15 LGNZ Push For Local Income Taxes, Fuel Taxes and Regional GST

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Tony Avery is “somebody’s” pet #gigatown lapdog

Tony Avery 3 Infrastructure and Networks General Manager Tony Avery resigned from Dunedin City Council on 28 August 2014, falling on his sword as a result of the Citifleet/Citipark fraud —something, the Council conveniently brushes under its carpet with ALL BLAME politically attaching (for insurance purposes) to the deceased former Citifleet manager Brent Bachop. Other council staff were clearly involved; one person alone does not dispose of 152+ cars, and related council assets. So Mr Avery, WENT…. But not really.
With all the scandal and corruption appearing, the Council supportively, extended “help” and salary repeatedly to Mr Avery, after initial news that he would work through to Christmas. Then, on Saturday 31 January the Council revealed that: “He would continue working fulltime, assisting [Ruth] Stokes and helping with the transition on key projects, until March 31, [Sue] Bidrose said.” (ODT 1.2.15).

But the latest DCC blinder:

“Tony Avery’s new gig (pun intended)
Helping Gigatown Dunedin secure sources of funding…”

Updated post 16.4.16
15.5.15 ODT: City readies to take advantage of Gigatown
Last month, [the Digital Community Trust] employed former Dunedin City Council infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery as interim project manager.

DCC Pets. Pet Projects. NO COUNCIL SHAME.
How do we define corruption, again.

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29.12.14 DCC gets QLDC talent…. the weft and warp deviously weaves
6.11.14 DCC pals up with Chorus —gigatown and telecoms cabinets
9.10.14 DCC’s Daaave at university bollard, in his twilight
28.8.14 DCC: Tony Avery resigns
5.6.14 DCC Transport Strategy and Riccarton Road
22.5.14 DCC Transportation Planning —ANOTHER consultation disaster
24.4.14 DCC promotes Riccarton Rd as sole heavy traffic bypass
29.10.13 DCC (EDU) invents new job! —Gigatown/Digital Office
20.11.12 DCC vs Anzide Properties decision: The road “has no legal basis”

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*Image: Tony Avery tweaked by whatifdunedin


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