The name alone is a winner: "Sex(uality) and the City: Counteracting the cock-ups of Auckland’s mainstrip”.
Raphaela Rose, a student at the University of Auckland, deservedly won the top prize at the Graphisoft Student Design Awards with a lovingly mocking project that calls for the city blocks containing the Sky Tower, casino and proposed new super-brothel to be surrounded by a fun park themed around recent local sex scandals.
Judges said: "The result is a joyful, rollicking series of attractions, each of them like an exquisitely and wittily conceived fable. Beneath that sugar-coating, a subversive message filters through, undermining the current environment that has been foisted upon the city."
Two highly commended awards were given to fellow University of Auckland final-year masters students Nathan Swaney and Sacha Milojevic. Swaney’s project proposed an architectural intervention into the processes of extraction by the oil rigs off the coast of Taranaki, while Milojevic’s work explored the university’s emerging Newmarket campus as a porous megaform.