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Communique 2012

Communique 2012

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When:

  • Tue 20 Mar ’12, 12:00pm
  • Tue 27 Mar ’12, 12:00pm
  • Wed 28 Mar ’12, 6:00pm
  • Tue 24 Apr ’12, 12:00pm
  • Tue 1 May ’12, 12:00pm
  • Tue 8 May ’12, 12:00pm
  • Wed 23 May ’12, 6:00pm

Where:

University of Auckland Dept of Architecture, 26 Symonds St, Auckland CBD

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Internationally acclaimed architects, designers, writers, artists and curators feature in this year’s Communiqué Autumn Lecture Series at The University of Auckland.

The presenters, whose work span a wide range of disciplines, industries and practices will focus on issues relevant to architecture and planning.

Among the notable speakers are master carver and sculptor Lyonel Grant. Of Te Arawa and Ngati Pikiao descent, Lyonel employs various media including wood, stone, bronze, flax, ceramics and paint. His practice encompasses the traditions of whakairo rakau, arising from his training at the NZ Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua and contemporary modes of art production.

He has designed and carved innovative meeting houses such as Ngakau Mahaki (‘heartfelt humility’) at the Unitec campus. The rear wall of the house with its embossed shadowy figures signifies all those who have gone before, the centre pillar or pou, constructed of bronze, represents everything up to 1840, while the front of the wharenui embodies contemporary Auckland.

His other notable meeting houses are Te Matapihi o te Rangi in Tokoroa and Ihenga at the Tangatarua Marae on the Waiariki Institute of Technology campus in Rotorua. With Damian Skinner he collaborated on the book Ihenga: Te Haerenga Hou, an important introduction to the evolution of Māori carving in the 20th Century.

Another highlight is the lecture and tour by Japanese architect Taira Nishizawa, who has been recognised as “one of the ten design vanguards of architecture in the 21st Century” by the prestigious Architectural Review magazine. Taira’s work, which ranges from small houses to large sports facilities and makes particular use of innovative timber structures, has attracted numerous awards, including the prestigious Japan Institute of Architects Young Architect of the Year Award.

Among Nishizawa’s best-known projects is the Forestry Hall To-mochi, a sports hall commissioned as part of the internationally renowned Kumamoto Artpolis programme – a programme that matches public building projects with exciting young architects. Located in southern Japan and completed in 2004, this community centre and sports hall employs a dramatic, irregular three-dimensional wooden truss structure that was a world first.

Communiqué, which runs from March to May, examines issues central to architecture and planning, while also seeking to present wider views to encourage critical discussion and debate.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

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