Architects ask what are best and worst buildings
Big is beautiful. Or is it?
Thirty of Auckland’s buildings are up for scrutiny in an online survey asking the public what they think are the city’s best and worst buildings.
Auckland’s Ignite Architects commissioned the survey that is intended to promote discussion about development, the preservation of historic buildings, the development of public spaces and the proliferation of high density apartments.
Ignite managing director Jeremy Whelan says the idea of a survey came to him about six months ago.
“We’d like to see what people think about their environment,” he says.
“Then that could assist us to find out how we can improve it ourselves.”
The buildings people can vote for were chosen by staff, friends, family and clients of Ignite.
They picked what they thought were 30 of the most recognisable buildings people may have seen driving or walking around the city, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Sky Tower and the Aotea Centre.
New buildings to make the list include Air New Zealand’s head office in Westhaven, Vector Arena and the University of Auckland’s Business School.
Mr Whelan says this year’s list is just a starting point as he intends to run the survey annually.
“What we’re really wanting to do is grow this over a period of time,” he says.
“We hope it’ll go on for years and be used as a tool to create public discussion, whether it’s in Wellington, Christchurch or other places.”
Votes can be cast at the website www.bestandworst. co.nz.
The online survey is open to anyone, both in New Zealand and internationally, who wants to vote and leave comments.
Mr Whelan says they will take into account all valid feedback for next year’s survey. The results of the survey will be collated and published on the website after May 15.
— Carly Tawhiao is an AUT journalism student
Beautiful or beastly? Three of the 30 buildings up for scrutiny include Vector Arena, Princes Wharf and Comfort Inn and Suites in Newton.