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A curatorial architect: Sir David Adjaye

Design on the mind

A curatorial architect: Sir David Adjaye

Stephen Olsen shares what happened at a talk about architectural design featuring Sir David Adjaye, the award-winning designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the United States.

Explorative storytelling vaudevillian Matt Checkowski is touching down in New Zealand well ahead of Wellington's second Semi-Permanent, starting next Friday 18 October, and is primed to reveal more about his sometimes mysterious creative hub The Department of the 4th Dimension, also known as The D4D.

Those listening closely at this week’s Green Property Summit in Auckland would have picked up on a growing desire to accelerate the pace of change, complementing New Zealand’s maturing acceptance of what can be achieved by scaling up green building developments.

Green architecture/design

Before delivering his keynote speech at today’s Green Property Summit in Auckland, influential “environment capitalist” Anthony Malkin, of New York City, had an opportunity yesterday to meet with Prime Minister John Key to talk about energy efficient retrofits and how the rebuilding of Christchurch can benefit from “doing the simple stuff first”. He says dollars spent on retrofits in existing bulk energy commercial buildings have a payback you can't get from new builds, no matter how highly they might rate in innovative architecture terms.

Web Design

DigitalNZ—the country’s two-year-old seedbed for making NZ digital content easy to find, share and use—has recently completed its debut run of the Great NZ Remix and Mashup competition, with some stellar results.

Design

What stimulates your memory, or your understanding of what memory is? How does the motivation to create and contain memory co-exist within the expression of your design work, your architecture, your photography or art? Wellington was the place to be to get deep and meaningful about this growing agenda of questions last week, when the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa joined with New York’s Syracuse University and Massey University in hosting the Contained Memory Conference – Pupuri Pohewa.