Ar­chi­tects ask what are best and worst build­ings

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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.

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