Photo essay: Festival of Architecture 2017

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The Auckland Design Manual questioned and explored ‘The New Auckland Home’ in an exhibition in Aotea Square.

The Auckland Design Manual questioned and explored ‘The New Auckland Home’ in an exhibition in Aotea Square. Image: Joe Hockley

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The Auckland Design Manual questioned and explored ‘The New Auckland Home’ in an exhibition in Aotea Square.

The Auckland Design Manual questioned and explored ‘The New Auckland Home’ in an exhibition in Aotea Square. Image: Joe Hockley

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Pita Turei delivers a waiata whakakapi to end his hikoi through Auckland city.

Pita Turei delivers a waiata whakakapi to end his hikoi through Auckland city. Image: Joe Hockley

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Open Architects’ Studios (Herbst).

Open Architects’ Studios (Herbst). Image: Joe Hockley

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Open Architects’ Studios (Herbst).

Open Architects’ Studios (Herbst). Image: Joe Hockley

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Open Architects’ Studios (Moller Architects).

Open Architects’ Studios (Moller Architects). Image: Joe Hockley

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Open Architects’ Studios (Herbst).

Open Architects’ Studios (Herbst). Image: Joe Hockley

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Drinks and nibbles at Warren & Mahoney before the pecha kucha presentations.

Drinks and nibbles at Warren & Mahoney before the pecha kucha presentations. Image: Joe Hockley

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Emerging Maori practitioners (Amber Ruckes, Te Ari Prendergast, Jacqueline Paul and Hana Scott) discussed Tikanga in Architecture during a morning panel discussion at Artspace.

Emerging Maori practitioners (Amber Ruckes, Te Ari Prendergast, Jacqueline Paul and Hana Scott) discussed Tikanga in Architecture during a morning panel discussion at Artspace. Image: Joe Hockley

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Open Architects’ Studios (Rowe Baetens).

Open Architects’ Studios (Rowe Baetens). Image: Joe Hockley

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Participants at the ‘Critical Manufactory’ reusing plastic to create objects and furniture, held at the Sustainable Coastlines flagship in Wynyard Quarter.

Participants at the ‘Critical Manufactory’ reusing plastic to create objects and furniture, held at the Sustainable Coastlines flagship in Wynyard Quarter. Image: Joe Hockley

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Architects featured in the Future Islands exhibition bring the stories of their models to life for the audience at Object Space Gallery.

Architects featured in the Future Islands exhibition bring the stories of their models to life for the audience at Object Space Gallery. Image: Joe Hockley

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The visiting Future Islands exhibition at Object Space Gallery (now finished).

The visiting Future Islands exhibition at Object Space Gallery (now finished). Image: Joe Hockley

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The visiting Future Islands exhibition at Object Space gallery (now finished).

The visiting Future Islands exhibition at Object Space gallery (now finished). Image: Joe Hockley

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The visiting Future Islands exhibition at Object Space gallery (now finished).

The visiting Future Islands exhibition at Object Space gallery (now finished). Image: Joe Hockley

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Architects and engineers gathered at the University of Auckland to hear two teams debate "whether engineers design better affordable housing than architects."

Architects and engineers gathered at the University of Auckland to hear two teams debate “whether engineers design better affordable housing than architects.” Image: Joe Hockley

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Moderated by Labour housing spokesperson Phil Twyford, the teams consisted of an architect, an engineer and a social commentator.

Moderated by Labour housing spokesperson Phil Twyford, the teams consisted of an architect, an engineer and a social commentator. Image: Joe Hockley

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Photographer Simon Devitt took us on a journey through the senses he’s less known for at the Auckland Art Gallery.

Photographer Simon Devitt took us on a journey through the senses he’s less known for at the Auckland Art Gallery. Image: Joe Hockley

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The 100 years of Architecture and Planning exhibition at Gus Fisher Gallery runs until 4 November.

The 100 years of Architecture and Planning exhibition at Gus Fisher Gallery runs until 4 November. Image: Joe Hockley

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Models on display at the centenary exhibition of student works from the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of Auckland, open at Gus Fisher Gallery.

Models on display at the centenary exhibition of student works from the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of Auckland, open at Gus Fisher Gallery. Image: Joe Hockley

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The Gus Fisher Gallery.

The Gus Fisher Gallery. Image: Joe Hockley

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The centenary exhibition of student works from the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of Auckland visits each decade of work from 1917 to 2017.

The centenary exhibition of student works from the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of Auckland visits each decade of work from 1917 to 2017. Image: Joe Hockley

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‘Notes from a Housing Crisis’: Home NZ held a panel discussion among some emerging practitioners at the Auckland Art Gallery.

‘Notes from a Housing Crisis’: Home NZ held a panel discussion among some emerging practitioners at the Auckland Art Gallery. Image: Joe Hockley

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Andrew Barrie in conversation with Sir Harold Marshall as part of the Fast Forward lecture series at the University of Auckland.

Andrew Barrie in conversation with Sir Harold Marshall as part of the Fast Forward lecture series at the University of Auckland. Image: Joe Hockley

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Magda Garbarczyk introduces speakers at ‘From the Waste Up’, who shared their views on expertise on better directions for waste in the construction industry and beyond.

Magda Garbarczyk introduces speakers at ‘From the Waste Up’, who shared their views on expertise on better directions for waste in the construction industry and beyond. Image: Joe Hockley

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A tour followed the ‘woven’ timber crib retaining walls and pathways that meander through the new Kopupaka Reserve, designed by Isthmus Group.

A tour followed the ‘woven’ timber crib retaining walls and pathways that meander through the new Kopupaka Reserve, designed by Isthmus Group. Image: Joe Hockley

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Visitors geared up as the Kopupaka Reserve tour saw rain, hail and shine!

Visitors geared up as the Kopupaka Reserve tour saw rain, hail and shine! Image: Joe Hockley

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Design Studio in Action: University of Auckland architecture students’ exhibition.

Design Studio in Action: University of Auckland architecture students’ exhibition. Image: Joe Hockley

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Models and drawings on display at the University of Auckland Architecture students’ exhibition.

Models and drawings on display at the University of Auckland Architecture students’ exhibition. Image: Joe Hockley

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Models on display at the University of Auckland architecture students’ exhibition, Design Studio in Action.

Models on display at the University of Auckland architecture students’ exhibition, Design Studio in Action. Image: Joe Hockley

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Design Studio in Action: University of Auckland architecture students’ exhibition.

Design Studio in Action: University of Auckland architecture students’ exhibition. Image: Joe Hockley

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At the opening of the Architecture+Women Timeline (extended) exhibition.

At the opening of the Architecture+Women Timeline (extended) exhibition. Image: Joe Hockley

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Architecture+Women Timeline (extended) exhibition installed at the University of Auckland.

Architecture+Women Timeline (extended) exhibition installed at the University of Auckland. Image: Joe Hockley

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At the opening of the Architecture+Women Timeline (extended) exhibition.

At the opening of the Architecture+Women Timeline (extended) exhibition. Image: Joe Hockley

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Moderator Rod Oram introduces the 8 speakers representing different parties in the Festival launch political debate: The Homesick Blues.

Moderator Rod Oram introduces the 8 speakers representing different parties in the Festival launch political debate: The Homesick Blues. Image: Joe Hockley

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Audience members made their concerns known at the political debate.

Audience members made their concerns known at the political debate. Image: Joe Hockley

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Maori party candidate Carrie Stoddart-Smith (with Denis O’Rourke of NZ First, Geoff Simmons of TOP and Phil Twyford of Labour).

Maori party candidate Carrie Stoddart-Smith (with Denis O’Rourke of NZ First, Geoff Simmons of TOP and Phil Twyford of Labour). Image: Joe Hockley

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Andrea Davidson from the NZ Green Building Council speaks to the Green Building Tour group at Warren & Mahoney.

Andrea Davidson from the NZ Green Building Council speaks to the Green Building Tour group at Warren & Mahoney. Image: Joe Hockley

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The Green Building Walking Tour learned about the near-completed Wynyard Central (on the left), designed by Architectus.

The Green Building Walking Tour learned about the near-completed Wynyard Central (on the left), designed by Architectus. Image: Joe Hockley

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Guests enjoying the VR headsets at the Atelier Aitken and ArchitectureNow biotechnology in architecture exhibition at Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter.

Guests enjoying the VR headsets at the Atelier Aitken and ArchitectureNow biotechnology in architecture exhibition at Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter. Image: Joe Hockley

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Tequila chandelier: a series of modular glass storage vessels that could be automatically refilled externally, which could eliminate the need for packaging.

Tequila chandelier: a series of modular glass storage vessels that could be automatically refilled externally, which could eliminate the need for packaging. Image: Jo Aitken

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Homage to sand. The mound of sand reminds us of the importance of this coastal material, which creates a protection mechanism and mediator between land and sea.

Homage to sand. The mound of sand reminds us of the importance of this coastal material, which creates a protection mechanism and mediator between land and sea. Image: Madumal Gunaratna

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Capsule of Life and beautifully crafted glass plastic bags created by Isaac Katzoff of Monmouth Glass Studio. Biotechnology in architecture exhibition, Silo 6.

Capsule of Life and beautifully crafted glass plastic bags created by Isaac Katzoff of Monmouth Glass Studio. Biotechnology in architecture exhibition, Silo 6. Image: Madumal Gunaratna

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Unitec architecture student exhibition in conjunction with Women in Fabrication, installed at Warren & Mahoney.

Unitec architecture student exhibition in conjunction with Women in Fabrication, installed at Warren & Mahoney. Image: Joe Hockley

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Unitec architecture student exhibition in conjunction with Women in Fabrication, installed at Warren & Mahoney.

Unitec architecture student exhibition in conjunction with Women in Fabrication, installed at Warren & Mahoney. Image: Joe Hockley

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Unitec architecture student exhibition in conjunction with Women in Fabrication, installed at Warren & Mahoney.

Unitec architecture student exhibition in conjunction with Women in Fabrication, installed at Warren & Mahoney. Image: Joe Hockley

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Models on display at the Open Architects’ Studios (Architectus).

Models on display at the Open Architects’ Studios (Architectus). Image: Joe Hockley

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Open Architects’ Studios (Peddle Thorp).

Open Architects’ Studios (Peddle Thorp). Image: Joe Hockley

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Open Architects’ Studios (shared office of Mercer & Mercer, Cook Sargisson Pirie Williams and Studio Farquhar).

Open Architects’ Studios (shared office of Mercer & Mercer, Cook Sargisson Pirie Williams and Studio Farquhar). Image: Joe Hockley

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Open Architects’ Studios (Strachan Group Architects).

Open Architects’ Studios (Strachan Group Architects). Image: Joe Hockley

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The Festival keynote speakers ‘Design, Bitches’ came across from Los Angeles, inspiring us with their approach to design and architecture.

The Festival keynote speakers ‘Design, Bitches’ came across from Los Angeles, inspiring us with their approach to design and architecture. Image: Joe Hockley

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The ‘Design, Bitches’ spoke to a crowd of some 500 people at the Mercury Theatre.

The ‘Design, Bitches’ spoke to a crowd of some 500 people at the Mercury Theatre. Image: Joe Hockley

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Visitors learning about projects at Architectus during Open Architects’ Studios.

Visitors learning about projects at Architectus during Open Architects’ Studios. Image: Joe Hockley

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Old Public Trust Building Tour, Wellington.

Old Public Trust Building Tour, Wellington. Image: Andrew Caldwell

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Old Public Trust Building Tour, Wellington.

Old Public Trust Building Tour, Wellington. Image: Andrew Caldwell

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Old Public Trust Building Tour, Wellington.

Old Public Trust Building Tour, Wellington. Image: Katherine Skipper

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NAWIC "Forging their own path" talk, City Gallery Wellington.

NAWIC “Forging their own path” talk, City Gallery Wellington. Image: Andrew Caldwell

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Central City Building Tour, Christchurch.

Central City Building Tour, Christchurch.

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Parallel Practices exhibition, NZIA Branch Room, Christchurch.

Parallel Practices exhibition, NZIA Branch Room, Christchurch. Image: Baptiste Marconnet

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Parallel Practices exhibition, NZIA Branch Room, Christchurch.

Parallel Practices exhibition, NZIA Branch Room, Christchurch. Image: Baptiste Marconnet

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Parallel Practices exhibition, NZIA Branch Room, Christchurch.

Parallel Practices exhibition, NZIA Branch Room, Christchurch. Image: Baptiste Marconnet

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Speakers at the Design Forum Series
"Where are we at, Where are we going?" in Christchurch.

Speakers at the Design Forum Series “Where are we at, Where are we going?” in Christchurch.

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We feature a selection of images from various events at this year’s inaugural Festival of Architecture, which ran 7–17 September.

This year’s Festival of Architecture saw the scope and ambition of Architecture Week widened, with events and activities designed to celebrate architecture – and its importance to the life of New Zealand’s towns and cities – scheduled for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as other regional centres.

The 2017 programme comprised a range of mostly free activities: speakers, tours, exhibitions (including Future Islands, New Zealand’s 2016 exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale), open studios, design competitions, political debates and workshops.

It was a highly successful, engaging 10 days that showcased some of the best architecture and design New Zealand has to offer and focused on important issues such as affordable housing, planning and better urban design.

Scroll through the slideshow above for images.


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