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Architectural speed dating, car park transformations and open-source practices: The 2018 Festival of Architecture has it all

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Architectural speed dating, car park transformations and open-source practices: The 2018 Festival of Architecture has it all

New Zealanders are well known to be lovers of design, so it’s no surprise that the country’s second Festival of Architecture has pulled out all the stops. From laneway design competitions, to speed dating an architect about your budding design idea, to ‘flash’ exhibitions in elevators and lobbies, there is a lot on offer – and most of the events are free. Read on for a breakdown of what to expect.

Opinion

Dan Heyworth is the CEO and founder of Box, the only combined registered architectural practice and registered master builder in New Zealand. Here, he outlines why despite advances forward in 3D printed housing, a shake up to the construction sector isn't imminent – yet. He also explains how the role of architects is changing, and construction companies are now leading the way in innovation.

Regeneration

Regenerate Christchurch has released its plan to redesign the quake-damaged centre of the Christchurch city – Cathedral Square – to the public. It says its aim is to ensure the space is transformed from being seen as “damaged and uninviting” and returned to its original purpose – a gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

Architecture Awards

Over twenty buildings have been crowned New Zealand’s premier architectural designs in the 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards, while Patterson Associates’ Andrew Patterson received the Gold Medal – the highest personal honour an architect can receive. Here's a run down of the list of winners complete with all the aesthetically pleasing photos.