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An exhibition showcasing four exceptional 2015 Masters of Architecture (Professional) thesis projects which represented the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning at the 2015 NZIA Cadimage Student Design Awards. On display will be the work of graduates Katy Turner, Chirag Jindal, Robert Pak and Tessa Forde. Stephenson & Turner will be announcing the winner of their award for excellence and innovation in design communication, selected from one of the projects presented in the 4 Futures exhibition.

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(Creative Events, Architecture and Planning)

06 April 2016 - 16 April 2016

11am - 4pm

Venue: George Fraser Gallery, Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm

Location: 25a Princes Street, Auckland

Host: School of Architecture and Planning

Cost: This event is free and open to the public

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Kate Turner: The Fictional Generator

This is a brave attempt to give architectural expression to a long and complex novel – Eleanor Caton’s The Luminaries. Using the generative power of the book’s narrative, the project yields a series of building imbued with character. The novel’s structure has been mapped, and its content has been mined, interpreted and re-imagined. The project is ambitious, thought-provoking and complex – just like the book which inspired it. 

Chirag Jindal: Into the Underworld: The Architecture of Katabasis

An intrepid and sustained exercise in subterranean photogrammatic mapping underpins this exhilarating project that explores uncharted territory under an Auckland suburb. The author has ventured beneath the surface – with trained speleologists – to pick his way through lava caves underneath one of the city’s extinct (we hope) volcanoes. Modest architectural interventions are proposed to enable visitors to experience a journey into the underworld. 

Robert Pak: Post Civic

This project is an enthusiastic engagement with a damaged section of Auckland’s urban fabric. Starting with the realisation that decades of development have substantially degraded the local public realm, the author proposes some urban repair work. It’s a bold move to flood the railway track leading into the old Railway Station and so re-connect the area with the harbour. The introduction of water and the restoration of circulation routes are provocative, but consistent with Auckland’s ambition to be a most liveable city. 

Tessa Forde (Highly Commended): The House that Politics Built: Parliament Aotearoa

This is a clever, compelling and engaging conceptual dissection of the cultural and political state of the nation. The project is provocative, pointed and witty. As good satire does, it makes strong points; unusually, it does so by means of architecture. The project’s multiple elements combine and reinforce each other in a complete and holistic exercise. The components – drawings, models, mocked-up magazines, tourist trinkets, playing cards, t-shirts – are imaginatively conceived and excellently realised. All told, an impressive and sophisticated project.    

Four Futures finalists