Fast Forward Autumn 2018 | Doing Urban Space Well Event as iCalendar

(Creative Arts and Industries, Architecture and planning, Event, Central Event Tags, Lectures, Architecture and Planning, Creative Events)

21 March 2018 - 09 May 2018

Venue: Please refer to individual lectures for venues.

Location: City Campus, University of Auckland

Cost: Free

Contact info: Creative Arts and Industries

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The School of Architecture and Planning's twice-annual talk series, Fast Forward, aims to foster debate, discussion and development within the disciplines of architecture, urban design and urban planning.

This series we focus on the question: how can we do urban space well? As Auckland's population continues to grow and the city intensifies, a key challenge will be to provide high quality urban spaces. How can our urban spaces provide the liveability that has been the catch-cry for development in recent years? How can our designers make the most of our climate, culture and topography to provide for vibrant social activity, sustainable commerce and robust built form?

From March to May, we offer a series of talks and discussions, ranging from design to politics and policy, to support both the public and the profession in ensuring Auckland's procurement of pertinent urban space.

All lectures start at 6.30pm, are free and open to the public. Attendance at each lecture earns 10 NZRAB CPD points. 

The Fast Forward series is generously supported by GIB®

Head to our YouTube channel for the lecture recordings
Head to our YouTube channel for the lecture recordings

Gerald Bast (Vienna) | RUNNING OUT OF TIME

Tuesday 13 March, 6.30pm

Design Theatre 423:348, 22 Symonds Street, Auckland

Dr. Gerald Bast has served as rector of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria since 2000. His main fields of activity involve higher education policy, innovation strategies and the role of cultural knowledge in social development. In addition, Bast has initiated programmes on cross-disciplinary teaching and research, such as Social Design - Arts as Urban InnovationTransArts, and Art and Science.

Cities were once laboratories for cultural, economic and political innovation. Today, financial transactions, trading, communication; specifically largely political decision-making processes, operate digitally and almost independently from a specific location. In the near future, technology will dramatically change business and politics: human work will be re-defined, migration will impact culture and social life, and artificial intelligence and genome editing will question the role of mankind in the universe; all taking effect in cities where soon two thirds of the world’s population will be living. Is education ready to meet the challenges that are being caused by rapidly increasing complexities? And what is the status of architecture in this context?

Gerald Bast
Gerald Bast. Courtesy: Martin Kusch (digital design)

Frith Walker (Auckland) | Silo Park - The bits you can't spot on Instagram 

Wednesday 21 March, 6.30pm

Engineering Lecture Theatre 401:439, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland 

Frith Walker is Manager of Place Making at Panuku Development Auckland. Her work concentrates on creating successful public space networks and supporting the programming and activation of public spaces within Panuku development sites across Auckland. She champions the difference a healthy public realm can make in terms of creating liveable cities, and her philosophy articulates that by focussing exclusively on the aesthetics of the physical setting, we risk missing a fundamental factor in the planning of our new, positive future city: the people.

Now seven years old, Silo Park is a heady combination of good planning; e.g., keeping the old cement silos, good design; hosting international award-winning events, good advocacy; the marine industry maintains its rightful place centre stage, and a huge, loving effort in regards to programming. From boot camps to movie-goers, and creative types using Silo 6 as a canvas, the park has wended its way into hearts and minds. This talk will focus on the meticulous stage management involved in creating the space, and the countless collaborators instrumental in both its initiation and continuation. 

Frith Walker Silo Park
Image: Courtesy Panuku

Cornelia Bast (Vienna) | Art-based Communication in Public Places

Wednesday 28 March, 6.30pm

Design Theatre 423:348, 22 Symonds Street, Auckland

Cornelia Bast is an artist, social designer and art-based researcher at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Alternating her work between art, design and performative interventions in public spaces, Cornelia regards art and design primarily as media for social communication, fostering a particular interest in the social impacts of art and design. Working in cooperation with non-profit institutions deepens her insights into societal problems, strengthening the impact of her work.

Cornelia will talk about art-based participatory interventions in public and semi-public spaces to raise awareness of social issues, particularly for people living with dementia. Similarly she will address art-based strategies for entering into public communication, sharing her experiences of the ways in which the nature of spatial and architectural environments can influence social behavior and communication with the public.

Cornelia Bast
Image: Courtesy Cornelia Bast

Diane Menzies (Auckland) | Decolonisation for Better Cities

Thursday 26 April, 6.30pm

Conference Centre Lecture Theatre 423:342, 22 Symonds Street, Auckland 

Dr Diane Menzies is a past president and honorary member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and a Life Member of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects. Previously an elected local government representative, Diane is also a member of Ngā Aho, the national network of Māori design professionals. With the New Zealand Environment Court for eleven years, she returned to academia and consulting in 2012 with a focus centred upon research.  Her ancestral links are to Ngāti Kahungunu.

Housing unaffordability affects those on the lowest incomes, as do the social and cultural impacts of neoliberal economic policies. Justice, accessibility and sustainability are indicators of decolonisation. Decolonised cities are those that reflect the values and identities of all residents. This Fast Forward conversation considers characteristics of a decolonised Auckland in response to a student design charrette investigating decolonisation in Ōwairaka. The lessons learnt are discussed to challenge professional practice into effecting a better city, through both design and social procurement.

Diane Menzies
Image: Owairaka Housing, 2017. Courtesy: Diane Menzies

Tim Greer (Sydney) | Mining the Continuum: Architecture Without Beginning or End

Wednesday 2 May, 6.30pm

Engineering Lecture Theatre 401:439, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland 

A graduate of the University of Auckland, Greer joined Tonkin Zulaika Greer in 1988. Since the 1990s, cultural buildings have been a key focus of the practice, establishing TZG as amongst Australia's leading creators of public spaces and public buildings. Greer’s extensive output includes design for theatres, retail, restaurants, housing, institutional buildings and industrial design. In 2009, Tim was named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the city’s 100 most influential people.

Greer regards urban design as the bridge between the abstract intentions of politics and planning, and the site-specific pursuit of architecture. His lecture will situate this urban design observation within the cultural continuum of the city; his passion is to draw the potential from existing urban fabric, treating each project as an opportunity to create fresh contemporary forms. Greer will discuss recent multi-award-winning projects, including the Carriageworks at Eveleigh, the Paddington Reservoir Gardens, and The Glasshouse: Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre, plus further present-day projects.

Tim Greer
Image: UTS Blackfriars Research Hub, Sydney (2019) Courtesy: TGZ

Uwe Rieger & arc/sec Lab (Auckland) | We AR Live

Wednesday 9 May, 6.30pm

Engineering Lecture Theatre 401:439, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland 

Uwe Rieger studied physics and architecture in Germany. As Associate Professor for Design and Design Technology at the University of Auckland, Uwe established the arc/sec Lab for Digital Spatial Operations. Taking the next step beyond virtual reality, parametric design and digital fabrication, the Lab explores haptic-digital architecture using tangible data as a new source for construction. Recent advancements in real-time computing and spatial digital technologies, such as augmented reality (AR) devices, motion tracking systems and micro-controllers, are rapidly changing our interaction with the urban environment. The arc/sec Lab for Digital Spatial Operations combines technologies to build real-time reactive architecture that fuses materiality and digital information.

In this talk, Lab founder Uwe Rieger will introduce recent arc/sec projects, presented at the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, demonstrating the latest technologies and previewing the team's upcoming prototypical developments.

Uwe Rieger & arc/sec Lab
Image: LightScale II by Uwe Rieger, arc/sec Lab. Courtesy: Tom Mesic, Ars Electronica Center