Communiqué 2015 Event as iCalendar

(Architecture and Planning, Creative Events)

18 March 2015 - 27 May 2015


Cost: All lectures are free of charge

Communiqué 2015 is proud to present the lecture series, BRIDGING THE UTOPIAN AND THE PRAGMATIC. From March to May, both speculative and realised works by renowned contemporary architects will be discussed by the authors themselves as well as critical historians. The process of space-making - from ideas, to research and invention, to realisation - will be traced criss-crossing between the utopian and the pragmatic.  

All lectures are free and open to the public. Attendance at all lectures earns 10 CPD points. 

Please RSVP via the Eventbrite website.



Past Lectures


Wednesday 18 March, 6.30pm

Gregor Hoheisel (GRAFT)
Distinct Ambiguity
ENG 439: Engineering Lecture Theatre 439, Building 401
The University of Auckland
20 Symonds Street, Auckland City

GRAFT is a firm established in 1998 by Gregor Hoheisel, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit in Los Angeles, California as a label for architecture, urban planning, design, music and the pursuit of happiness. Taking its name from the English word and botanical terminology, GRAFT embraces the idea that positive properties of two genetically different cultures can be combined in the new hybrid.

With the core of its enterprises gravitating around architecture and the built environment, GRAFT has maintained an interest in crossing the boundaries between disciplines and 'grafting' the creative potentials and methodologies of different realities. This is reflected in the firm’s expansion into the fields of exhibition and product design, art installations, academic projects and events as well as in the variety of project locations. 

Gregor Hoheisel will introduce Graft’s work, as discussed in their publication - Distinct Ambiguity, with a special focus on "The Make it Right" Project in New Orleans and "The Solar Kiosk", both exploring the role of architects beyond design. 

Click here for a recording of the lecture. 


Thursday 26 March, 6.30pm

Chris Bosse (LAVA)
Digital Cathedrals and the City of the Future
ENG 404: Engineering Lecture Theatre 404, Building 403
The University of Auckland
20 Symonds Street, Auckland City

Chris Bosse is an award-winning architect, Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney, and co-director of LAVA, the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, founded in 2007 with Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck. 

LAVA combines digital workflow, nature's structural principles and the latest digital fabrication technologies to achieve MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost). LAVA proudly won the international competition for the zero carbon city-centre of MASDAR UAE and the UN-Zeroprize for 'reskinning' an aging icon tower.

Chris will share lessons from LAVA's work in his lecture Digital Cathedrals and the City of the Future.

Click here for a recording of the lecture. 


Wednesday 22 April, 6.30pm

Ross Jenner (University of Auckland)
Aires Mateus: Airs and Solids
NICAI Conference Centre Lecture Theatre: Room 342, Building 423
The University of Auckland
22 Symonds St, Auckland City

The work of Aires Mateus is examined from the point of view of Semper's notion of stereotomy, in which space is conceived as something excavated from solids rather than a continuum created tectonically by addition and jointing. Points of connection are found with Minimalism, in sculpture and architecture, along with longstanding notions of void derived from Iberian architecture, sculpture and literature. Space as something cleared emerged in the theories of Oteiza, Chillida and Heidegger, which relate in turn to the Oriental thinking. Ultimately, however, what was at stake in Manuel Aires Mateus' visit was an encounter between two oceans and two modes of building.

Ross Jenner teaches at the School of Architecture & Planning and occasionally practices. He has worked in New Zealand, Britain, Finland and Switzerland and has taught at several universities in Australia and the United States. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, was Commissioner for the New Zealand Section of the XIX Triennale di Milano, 1996 and is an executive editor of Interstices, Journal of Architecture and Related Arts. He has exhibited and published in the US, UK, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, and is currently researching modes of materiality in architecture.



Wednesday 29 April, 6.30pm

Alessandro Melis (Heliopolis21-UoA)
Get Fired? Not Today!
ENG 403: Engineering Lecture Theatre 403, Building 403
The University of Auckland, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland City 

Heliopolis 21, founded in 1996 by Alessandro and Gian Luigi Melis, and Nico Panizzi, is an Italian architectural design studio specialising in architecture and urban design. The name, Heliopolis 21, stands for "the city of the sun", referring to the utopian Campanella's book and to the sustainable approach of the practice. In 2012, Heliopolis 21 opened a second studio in Berlin and in 2015 a third one in Auckland. The work of H21 has been exhibited in three different editions of the Biennale di Venezia, published in magazines such as GA document and received numerous international awards. H21 is considered today as one of the emerging firms within the international post-deconstructivist architecture scenario.

Alessandro Melis will present and discuss the design process of the multifunctional complex 'Trentino' (Italy), from the radical project that won an international competition in partnership with Coop Himmelblau, to its more pragmatic recent versions in the detailed design phase.

Alessandro has a PhD from Universita' degli Study Firenze and is a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland where he teaches sustainable design. He has also been a honorary fellow at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and lectured in Florence, Rome and Perugia amongst other cities, writing several books, articles and essays published in Europe and USA.



Wednesday 13 May, 6.30pm

Severin Soder (Architectus)
ENG 439: Engineering Lecture Theatre 439, Building 401
The University of Auckland, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland City

Severin has selected some 30 projects from the archives of Architectus, all of which share a common trait - they are unrealised, only exist as drawings, digital models or in some cases as maquettes. Every one of these projects has been developed in response to a specific context, client brief and budget, so is pragmatic in the sense of being realistic. However, they have all remained immaterial, did not undergo the process of design development and were not given the opportunity to prove themselves in reality - they were imagined only.

Severin Soder is an associate at Architectus Auckland. He was born in Tyrol/Austria, studied at the University of Innsbruck and at the Bartlett and has worked at firms in Paris, London and Austria before moving to New Zealand and joining Architectus.



Wednesday 20 May, 6.30pm

Julia Gatley (University of Auckland)
Reflections on a Provocateur: Sir Ian Athfield (1940-2015)
NICAI Conference Centre Lecture Theatre: Room 342, Building 423
The University of Auckland, 22 Symonds St. Auckland City

Sir Ian Athfield - Ath to everyone who knew him - established his reputation in the 1960s as a hippie rebel and provocateur. A big personality, he was also extraordinarily talented, original and creative. He found great success in the public and commercial realms, and earned a string of awards and accolades culminating in a knighthood on the 2015 New Year's Honours List. This talk reflects on the life and work of one of New Zealand's greatest architects. 

Dr Julia Gatley is a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. Her book, Athfield Architects, was published by Auckland University Press in 2012. More recently, she has co-authored, with Paul Walker, Vertical Living: The Architectural Centre and the Remaking of Wellington (Auckland University Press, 2014). Julia is also chair of DOCOMOMO New Zealand and co-editor of Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. 


Wednesday 27 May, 6.30pm

Jinhee Park & John Hong (Single Speed Design)
Micro Urbanism
ENG 439: Engineering Lecture Theatre 439, Building 401
The University of Auckland, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland City

Micro-Urbanism describes new modes of operating in the city and architecture's ability to change the way we live, work, and socialise. Beyond just size, the concept foregrounds the relativity between program and perception, questioning the very elements of architecture and their assumed configuration. The concept will be discussed through a series of design projects that demonstrate how owning/sharing, division/continuity, and expansion/contraction increase the value of space through measures of quality not quantity.

Jinhee Park received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design from Seoul National University. Her work at SsD has been celebrated through numerous awards and since 2009 she has served as Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard GSD. 

John Hong AIA, LEED AP received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.S. in Architecture with Honors from the University of Virginia. Since 2007 he has served as Associate Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and in 2012-13 was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York.