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Festival of Architecture at Ellen Melville Centre

14 Sep 2018 - 25 Sep 2018


Friday 14 September 2018, 3.00pm - Tuesday 25 September 2018, 6.30pm


Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD

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Join us at Ellen Melville Centre for Festival of Architecture.

Freyberg Place & Ellen Melville Centre – The Inside Story

Fri 14 Sep, 3pm & Sat 15 Sep, 12.30pm & 1.30pm | Betty Wark Room

Join project manager Lisa Spasic on site for a talk about the complexities, challenges and rewards of delivering the award-winning upgrade of Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place.

Jane’s Walk

Fri 14 Sep, 4pm & Sat 15 Sep, 1.30pm | Betty Wark Room

Women in Urbanism invite you to join walking tour guide Alex Bonham and urban planner Ellie Craft for a walk around central Auckland. We will consider how the streets and spaces we take for granted were originally formed and how they could change again.

We will share some stories, insights, and urban planning tools, you bring your imagination and a pencil. Over two hours we will redesign six spots in the city to make them work better for everyone. Bookings essential.

More details and bookings here.

Megastructures: The Team Behind Pacifica

Sat 15 Sep, 3.30pm-5.30pm | Pioneer Women’s Hall

Women are not always associated with 'skyscrapers' but have been working on megastructures for decades - with probably the most well-known in the western world being Natalie Griffin de Blois, partner of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (1944-74).

Lorna Hamilton will give an inside look into the project, bringing you up to date with construction progress, her role as Project Architect with 2IC, Joanna Truong, and discuss how she initially picked up the project from a colleague and Architect, Uma Weerakkody.

Te Ao Tangata Hikoi – Universal Design Tour

Mon 17 Sep, 12.30pm-2pm | Betty Wark Room

Be guided to ten different sites around Tāmaki Makaurau with descriptions of their history, their existing universal design features and potential future designs. Universal design is about designing for all ages and abilities.

The sites include: Bledisloe Lane, Aotea Square, AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building, the Central City Library Tamaki Pataka Korero, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, High Street, Ellen Melville Building and Freyberg Place, Jean Batten Place, the Queen Street sculptures (Te Waka Taumata O Horotiu and Kaitiaki II) and Queen Street itself.

Early Women Architects in NZ by Elizabeth Cox

Tue 25 Sep, 5pm-6.30pm | Pioneer Women’s Hall

“Their Presence Could Work a Revolution”: Early Women Architects in New Zealand

Who were the women who trained and worked as architects in Aotearoa in the 1900s-1940s? In this period, a sector of the New Zealand community began to call for women to become architects in New Zealand. This presentation explores why, and tells the stories of those who answered the call. How did they contribute to the field and why have they disappeared from our architectural history today?

Elizabeth Cox is an architectural and social historian who has been working with these questions and more. She will be touring Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland to share her findings and her enthusiasm for this country's architectural history.