Archive | March, 2015

Good Streets Take Time

March 31, 2015

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It’s all too easy to forget the long hours of planning and elbow grease that go into transforming Auckland. Here’s a short retrospective time-lapse of Federal Street undergoing its first phase of transformation. Click the following link to view: Transforming Federal Street Thanks  Auckland Council, SkyCity, Auckland Transport John Fillmore Contracting Ltd and Boffa Miskell

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The Answer Lies in the Soil

March 27, 2015

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The 1980’s left the mantra of “indoor outdoor flow” ringing in our ears as it fuelled Auckland’s sprawl to the far reaches of suburbia in pursuit of threshold free living.  For a generation of home owners that dream soured as they struggled to establish a garden on a dusting of topsoil spread over heavily compacted […]

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Usman Haque to present his Paradigm Shift for Auckland

March 23, 2015

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The Auckland Design Manual team will be at this year’s Paradigm Shift event on 5th May, where we are particularly looking forward to the evening’s feature discussion between Usman Haque (Umbrellium, London) and Auckland’s Design Champion Ludo Campbell-Reid. The session should provide a provocative and playful exploration of how Aucklanders may better engage with the places, spaces and buildings that […]

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5 Things To Consider With Small-Scale Subdivision

March 20, 2015

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Here’s another video about the Newell Street project, as seen on The Block TV series.  Here the architects present their five key steps to consider when approaching small-scale subdivision. 1) Review the constraints of the site. To get the best value from the site make sure you consider issues such as solar orientation, the relationship with the neighbouring houses and […]

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Topshop sparking a new trend in Auckland’s CBD?

March 16, 2015

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Last week, you may have noticed the sizeable crowd that gathered at the corner of Victoria and Queen Street as Aucklanders waited to get a sneak peek at Auckland’s very first stand-alone Topshop store. Yes, we’re ecstatic that Aucklanders no-longer need to take the pilgrimage to Oxford Street, London for their fix of crop-tops and […]

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