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Auckland’s Civic Building first skyscraper #Modern

Aotea Square 1981 [heritageetal.blogspot.com] 1

Photographer Patrick Reynolds says the Civic is an important building by an important architect – chief city architect Tibor Donner (1946-1967) – and it appealed enormously as “Hotel Moderne” with its modernist credentials.

Civic Building on Aotea Square [metromag.co.nz]

### metromag.co.nz June 10, 2014
Urban Design
The Civic Building: Modernist Folly, Architectural Treasure
By Chris Barton
Why we should all be up in arms at the threatened demolition of the Auckland Council Civic Building.
There’s a surprise at the top of the hated Civic Building. From afar, you could guess there was some sort of observation deck, but the central roof-top courtyard open to the sky and to terrific east and west viewing across the cityscape to the harbour is a delight. Shut to the public since the 1970s, the restricted area is looking a little shabby, but one can easily imagine how the space could be brought back to life and, combined with a makeover of the staff cafeteria a level below, could be the tearoom talk of the town. Here might be a rare commodity in Auckland — public space on high — given that most other high places are either off limits, commercialised or privatised.
No 1 Greys Ave, formerly known as the Auckland City Council Administration Building, has plenty of other unique features: the rolled Corbusian corners of the metal-clad plant room, the curvy Le Corbusier-inspired entrance canopy, the mezzanine lobby and the precast terrazzo treads and iron balustrades of the open staircase.
Read more + Photos by Patrick Reynolds

Civic Building on Aotea Square (2011) by Caleb [stuffcrush.blogspot.co.nz]

### NZ Herald Online 11:51 AM Tuesday Nov 18, 2014
Bid to save NZ’s first skyscraper
By Bernard Orsman – Super City reporter
Plans to save New Zealand’s first skyscraper, the Civic Building on Aotea Square, or demolish it have been outlined to councillors and the media today. Council officers have been investigating options and market interest to refurbish the building, which will be empty by the New Year after serving as the city’s main civic administration building since 1966. The wrecking ball has been hanging over the building since the Auckland Council paid $104 million for the 31-storey ASB Bank Centre in Albert St for its new headquarters. The 100m tower was designed in the 1950s and completed in 1966. It has been criticised as an ugly box, but many architects marvel at its features. Architect Julia Gatley, an authority on modern architecture in New Zealand, has praised it as a beautifully proportioned, slender building that encapsulates modernism. It has no heritage status, but two reports have suggested it warrants a category A listing, and the council’s heritage division says it merits category B status. Heritage New Zealand also wants to see it gain heritage status and saved. The council’s property arm said without major refurbishment and the removal asbestos it would be unsuitable for council or other uses, such as commercial, residential and hotel. Auckland Council Property said it would cost about $78 million for full refurbishment to modern office and code requirements, or $60 million for a residential conversion. Demolition and site reinstatement is estimated at between $11.5 million to $12.5 million.
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Aotea new [Regional Facilities Auckland via nzherald.co.nz]Civic Building demolished – revamped Aotea Square with new ‘teletubbie’ commercial buildings | Regional Facilities Auckland

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*Images: (from top) heritageetal.blogspot.com – Former Auckland City Council Administration Building, 1 Greys Avenue (1981); metromag.co.nz – Civic Building on Aotea Square by Patrick Reynolds; stuffcrush.blogspot.co.nz – Civic Building, fenestration detail (2011) by Caleb


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International architectural form and design

Since Dunedin has problems articulating an appropriate new entry structure for the Town Hall (the proposed glass cube is middling to ok in the face of previous styling efforts, but still lacks some grace and essential detailing and scaling devices), here are some images of built and conceptual architecture to prod the public imagination. Some is OTT.

### designerscouch.org 21 Jan, 2010
Designers Couch: Creative Humans
Amazing Constructs & Beautiful Interiors
By §Damian M.
Several amazing architecture designs and interior spaces collected from Yatzer.com, a great blog for design inspiration.
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Latest on PARKING +OMG tinkering with options for buses

Channel 9 News tonight indicates the council’s working party to address parking woes has settled into a self-congratulatory funk.

Deputy mayor Syd Brown, chair of the working party, says: “We have done our best to untangle the mess that was the city’s parking system.”

At Thursday’s extraordinary meeting of the council it is likely the recommended fixes will be approved, to be followed by an intensive media campaign.

It is expected the changes will be implemented by the end of the month.

Were any changes – or how few – needed to the parking system before council staff launched and totally bungled the exercise.

In future, DON’T be the desk-sitting pen&paper-pushers that INTERFERE with established COMMERCE in this town. GOT IT ?!


### ODT Online Tue, 3 Nov 2009
`Suite’ of parking changes on table
By Mark Price
The Dunedin City Council’s parking officers may be instructed to look the other way when they encounter delivery vehicles parked illegally on loading zones in Dunedin’s CBD.
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The main changes being recommended to the Dunedin City Council by its parking review working party are:

Parking times

Paid parking in lower Stuart St, from Moray Pl to Castle St; in Cumberland St west side, from St Andrew St to Queens Gardens; in Princes St, from Rattray St to Jetty St: From 4-hour maximum to a 60-min maximum.

Paid parking in George St, from Frederick St to Albany St: from 30-min maximum to 60-min maximum.

Paid parking on Cumberland St east side, from Stuart St to St Andrew St: predominantly 4-hour maximum, with some short-term parking.

Parking charges

George St, from the Octagon to Frederick St, from $2 to $1.50 for 30 mins.

For Moray Pl south of Stuart St, from $3 to $2 an hour.

For Cumberland St, from Stuart St to Queens Gardens, from $1 to $2 an hour.

For Scotland St from $2 to $1 an hour.

For George St, from Albany St to Union St, from $2 to $1 an hour.

For Union St, from George St to Great King St, from $2 to $1 an hour.

For Clark St, from paid parking to free parking.

Parking buildings

Normal charge $2 an hour Monday to Friday from opening until 6pm; then calculated in 15-minute time increments.

Charge for evening parking, Monday to Friday and Saturday parking $1 an hour, calculated in 30-min time increments.

Early bird (before 10am), $1 an hour discount parking in Great King St and Moray Pl YMCA parking buildings while these are under-utilised.

Fringe parking

$5 a day parking in parts of Smith St, Haddon Pl, Union St, St Andrew St, Queens Gardens, Crawford St and Stuart St.

Related posts

11.9.09 City parking issues NOT ABATING
24.9.09 Survey ignores those no longer parking in CBD
26.9.09 Parking changes – we hope!
29.9.09 Parking changes – protest and interim response


And then, MORE to make Dunedin citizens go STIR FRIGGING CRAZY…

[thanks for the headsup Channel 9]

Tomorrow’s Otago Daily Times has a story about DCC and ORC (joy of joy) looking at bus options in the main street.

ONE of the six options is a “bus station” in the central carriageway of the Octagon.

Glory be to sick urban design ideas that DESTROY AND ANNIHILATE a critical public place (semi-green space) with DIESEL-EMITTING NOISY LARGE VEHICLES, in the true spirit of NON GREEN interventions to suffocate and kill us all. I’m too scared to THINK what the other options are. See new post, Buses in Dunedin CBD.

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