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Bathgate was right in 1888 about city apathy

He berrated the city often on the nature of apathy and was very hot on “larrikins and butcher’s boys”

The Conservation of Heritage and Landscape in Dunedin
Posted by: daseditor | January 27, 2011
On the 11th of September 1888 Dunedin lawyer Alexander Bathgate read an address to the Otago Institute entitled “The development and conservation of the amenities of Dunedin and its neighbourhood”. The address was the catalyst for the foundation of the Dunedin and Suburban Reserves Conservation Society, the forerunner of the Dunedin Amenities Society. Bathgate outlined a vision for Dunedin that was so detailed in its construction that he apologised to his audience for “frightening you by the extent and magnitude of my programme”. What Bathgate outlined was both the protection of the existing natural landscape and the enhancement of the urban built environment in the developing city. It was a vision that blended the conservation of native biodiversity and landscape with the call home syndrome of “practical and prosaic colonists”.
From the blog of The Dunedin Amenities Society (read more)

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Dunedin performance theatres

### ODT Online Tue, 11 Jan 2011
Stage fright
By Nigel Benson
Much has changed since English actor Sir Peter Ustinov marvelled at the Regent Theatre in 1990 and asked, “Can I take it with me?” In the past 20 years, theatre technology has gone from stone age to space age, as audiences have become increasingly sophisticated and productions have had to meet greater expectations. Otago’s premiere performance spaces, the Regent and Dunedin Town Hall, have been allowed to deteriorate to the point backstage technicians say they are dangerous to operate in.

When it was built in 1928, the Regent [Theatre] was the biggest and best entertainment venue in New Zealand. But, in recent years, only the annual Regent 24-Hour Book Sale has kept its head above water. The Regent Theatre Trust finally appealed for help from the building’s owner, the DCC, this year and was rewarded with a $4.7 million upgrade which will belatedly drag the theatre into the 21st century.

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Dunedin

### ODT Online Wed, 5 Jan 2011
Opinion: This city’s got a lot to offer
By Simon Cunliffe
In a season of resolutions, my own include making better use of all the great amenities that our city and its surrounds have to offer. Here, in no particular order, are 10 good reasons to live in and enjoy Dunedin in 2011.
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-Simon Cunliffe is deputy editor (news) of the Otago Daily Times.

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Cities: Wellington, or Dunedin?

I doubt the Dunedin stadium’s pulling power in attracting new residents. It’s ugly, it’s essentially redundant and its intimidating bulk will hinder people-friendly development of the surrounding area. –Meg Davidson

### ODT Online Mon, 27 Sep 2010
Let us, too, become the city of the verb, not expletive
By Meg Davidson
Dunedin resident Meg Davidson laments opportunities lost and asks if the city could follow Wellington’s lead.
Last month my daughter was lost to Dunedin. I was with her in Wellington, the new object of her affections, when she was seduced and I, a passionate Dunedinite, was seized by the same unexpected delight in the city I hadn’t visited for three decades.
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We’re almost there, inside our final year – and nothing our dwindling band of critics say will deflect us from our primary purpose: to deliver, on time, on budget and fit for purpose, New Zealand’s first roofed, multipurpose performance venue and something all can be proud of. –Malcolm Farry

### ODT Online Mon, 27 Sep 2010
Something we can all be proud of
By Malcolm Farry
Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry reflects on the journey towards building the “the best stadium in New Zealand”.
When I was asked in 2004 to lead an investigation into an upgrade for Carisbrook, the challenge was to investigate and recommend the best option that would produce most benefits to Dunedin and the region.
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● Malcolm Farry is the chairman of Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust.

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Blogger casts critical eye over downtown Dubai

So the Burj Khalifa is finished—what now for Dubai?

### http://www.architectsmagazine.com January 06, 2010 8:43 PM
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Instant Metropolis
By Aaron Betsky
Phoenix meets Hong Kong, Instant Urbanism, Go Go Architecture—none of it quite describes Dubai. The Burj Khalifa (see my previous post) is only the exclamation point to the tectonic uplift of real estate development that has created not just one, but several human-made mountain ranges rising out of the flat desert next to the Gulf. Flying out last night, it all spread out below me.

Dubai is an act of self-conscious citymaking, a will to metropolitan status. Build it and they will come—and they have.

What are lacking are many of the amenities that make cities work, from public open space to mass transportation, from cultural facilities to sports stadia. Dubai is building some of them…
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-Aaron Betsky is the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, and in 2008 he was director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale. Trained as an architect at Yale, he has published more than a dozen books on art, architecture, and design and teaches and lectures about design around the world. Aaron worked for Frank O. Gehry and Associates and Hodgetts & Fung Design Associates as a designer, taught for many years at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and between 1995 and 2001 was curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From 2001 to 2006 he was director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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