Thursday, August 20, 2009

Convoy Route

Click on map to see it larger. The meeting point is the TAPAC carpark, Motions Road, Western Springs.

Holmes Consulting Group prize winner

Space-book, from Unitec, have won the Holmes Consulting Group engineering award. Hamish and Chris from HCG will meet the team (Haosu Zheng, Erxin Shang, Yuan He, Stephanie Wade and Nicole Yalevich) for a project briefing. They will then assist them in designing the structural components of their project. In looking through the final four projects Hamish and Chris were excited about the potential this project offered in terms of finding workable solutions to the folding components. Many thanks to HCG for this prize and their support of the TRANS-FORM-ers competition.

Space-book statement:
Our focus is on the transformative aspect of the project. We are trying to
transform simple flat surfaces into unexpected, complex and interesting 3D
spaces, while at the same time giving the space within a unique architectural quality. The transformation involves movement of horizontal and vertical planks of laminated cardboard to create an illusion of curves, the key to success is a well designed joint that allows for smooth movement. The end result that we are aiming for is finely detailed craftsmanship and a well built project to showcase the spatial experience of our transformative architecture.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stage 1 IDEAS Jury Winner Announced

The winner of stage 1 is Jessica Mentis, from AUT. The jury saw Jessica's scheme as one that spans time, offering a medieval image of the tower and the contemporary image of the city as being threaded through with "tweets". The tower changes from acting as a kind of aerial in the convoy, receiving the tweeting signals, to a stage in Shed 12, allowing the audience to climb it and send their own messages out into the tweet-o--sphere. (Click on images to view them at a larger scale).

The jury also awarded a runner up prize to the group Inflatable Lego, (Esther Mecredy, Dylan Kane and Rui Peng) from UofA. This project engages the
audience in building their own architecture from a balloon module. The balloon module has 3 states, a floating state, an air state, and a weighty water state. The balloon modules can also be rotated to activate different lighting effects.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


The prize package for stage 1, The IDEAS Jury is now confirmed.
The winning project at stage one will:
  • Lead Auckland's first ever architecture convoy on October 16
  • Choose their location in Shed 12
  • Receive $250 of store credit from Gordon Harris Art and Graphics supplies
  • Receive $350 of store credit from Placemakers Cook Street
  • Have an afternoon tea with award winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

Also, a special Holmes Consultancy Group prize will be awarded to support one of the four finalist projects with engineering design.

A big thank you to all of our supporters who have made these prizes possible.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Date: Monday August 10
Venue: Fale Pasifika
The University of Auckland
Building 275
20-26 Wynyard Street
(click on map below to make it larger)

There is
no parking adjacent to this building.
For drop off of heavy items you can access Wyn
yard Street off Alten Road, push call button at barrier and let security know you are making a delivery. No vehicles are allowed onto the tiled area in front of the fale.

Parking: $4 per hour under Owen G Glenn Building (Business School, 12 Grafton Road). Payment by cash and credit card on exit.

10:00-12:00 Registration.
Bring your work, register, get assigned a time and jury, X or Y .
Digital work: should be loaded to the computers provided at this time. Files should be powerpoint, pdf, quicktime movie etc, nothing that requires non-standard software to run. Bring files on mobile device with a CD back up.

Students can store work on tables in middle
of fale until their presentation time approaching. Timetables for each jury will be posted on wall.

1:00 Welcome and introduction of jury members
Jury X: Sue Evans (Design manager CBD projects Auckland City), Jun Tsujimoto (Jasmax and wikicity project), Tracey Collins (designer and artist)
Jury Y: Christina van Bohemen, Architect/Director, Chair, New Zealand Institute of Architects, Auckland Branch, Nick Stevens, Director Stevens Lawson, Jim Speers, Artist.
1:15 presentations commence: to both jury X and Y
Tag team presentations. At each jury one team setting up while one presenting. (We will have pa
nels, projectors and screens, and a selection of plinths. Bring own pins)
3:00 – 3:15 tea break
3:15-4:30 juries continue
4:30-4:45 jury confers, announcement of 4 finalists (2 from each jury)
4:45-5:00 four finalists re-present
5:00-5:30 drinks and jury confer
5:30 winners announced