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Fast forward through architecture and planning

Fast forward through architecture and planning

Outstanding practitioners in the fields of architecture, planning and urban design will present their work for discussion and debate at the upcoming Fast Forward lecture series.

Hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland, this coming series includes lectures by eminent local and international architects and planners, as well as sessions focusing on particular issues in Auckland and Christchurch.

Starting next week, the first event, led by award-winning Architect David Mitchell, features the creative team behind New Zealand’s exhibition at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

Cities in transition will be profiled by Josie Schroder, the Principal Advisor of Urban Design for the Christ-church City Council. She will discuss the rebuild with a spotlight on innovation and community engagement.

Alongside the lectures, two important new architecture books will be officially launched; Julia Gatley and Paul Walker’s ‘Vertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Welling-ton’, and Andrew Barrie’s ‘Shigeru Ban: Cardboard Cathedral’.

And in recognition of the significance of the upcoming General Election, a highlight of this year’s Fast Forward lecture series will be a pre-election debate among well-known politicians who will address the issue of the lack of affordable, quality housing available in the Supercity. Of increasing concern to most residents, candidates will outline to the public their party’s vision for the future of housing in Auckland.

The final lecture will feature Architect in Residence, Emeritus Professor George Baird from the University of Toronto. Baird is the founding principal of award-winning architecture and urban design firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, and author of numerous books including Alvar Aalto (1969), The Space of Appearance (1995) and Public Space; Cultural/Political Theory; Street Photog-raphy (2011).
In 2012 he was awarded the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Ar-chitecture Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.

Running from mid-July to mid-October events include:
• 22 July, 6pm - NZIA in Venice: ‘Last, loneliest, loveliest’ - the New Zealand exhibition at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale.
David Mitchell and the Creative Team who made the NZ exhibition at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale will talk about the basis of the show, the work on display, building the exhibition, and the launch in Venice.
Panel: Dr Mike Austin, Pete Bossley, Pip Cheshire, Frances Cooper, Chai Lin Sara Lee, Julian Mitchell, Ginny Pedlow, Julie Stout and Miriam Van Wezel.

• 29 July, 5pm - Launch of Julia Gatley and Paul Walker’s new book ‘Vertical Living: The Architec-tural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington’.

• 29 July, 6pm - Professor Paul Walker: Demolishing brutalism: John Andrews and the Sydney Convention Centre.

• 5 August, 6pm – Ree Anderson: Auckland’s Housing Project Office: A potential legacy.

• 12 August, 5pm – Launch of Andrew Barrie’s new book ‘Shigeru Ban: Cardboard Cathedral’

• 12 August, 6pm – Hugh Tennent: Action and reflection: Current and recent works of Tennent and Brown.

• 19 August, 6pm – Patrick Clifford: The fourth decade.

• 26 August, 6pm – Josie Shroder: Breaking old ground: Post disaster innovation in re-establishing Christchurch.

• 2 September, 6pm – Election debate: Market forces or bold policy? Achieving affordable qual-ity housing in Auckland.

• 9 September, 6pm – Andrew Leach: The Gold Coast moment.

• 21 October, 6pm – George Baird.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information on each event please

The University of Auckland’s National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries comprises the Elam School of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and Planning, the Centre for Art Studies, the School of Music and the Dance Studies Programme.

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