Archive for July, 2009
I’ve had the pleasure of attending several films in this years New Zealand Film Festival including a documentary about Julius Shulman titled “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman“. The film is a great documentary on one of the best architectural photographers of all time. He is known for his work photographing such influential 20th century architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and John Lautner.
But what of Modernism in New Zealand? Well you can’t go past the book Long Live the Modern by Julia Gatley which outlines the history of modernism in New Zealand from 104-1984. In New Zealand modernism got its start in the 1920′s and 1930′s with the advent of standardisation and mass production but really didn’t evolve into its own until the post-war period. As well as following international trends of flat roofed boxes we also developed a distinct New Zealand flavour which took hints from our simpler past – Huts, shacks, baches and whare. I’ve listed a few remaining examples of New Zealand modernism below:
More information here including more modern Christchurch houses.
Parnell Baths – Parnell, Auckland
Dixon Street Flats – Wellington
If you are interested in learning more about modernism in New Zealand and helping preserve the remaining examples of this type of building then I suggest you also check out DOCOMOMO who’s aim is to help preserve this type of architecture worldwide.
Yesterday Google launched real estate search in New Zealand (click on the image below for a link to the search for “bulls”) The search facilities allow you to filter by the standard features such as bedrooms, bathrooms, parking, price and size.
There has been a lot of interest from the media wondering if the end is in sight for specialist real estate sites. The more ways we can get our data out there on the web and searchable the better. One of things that our users have told is that they love that you can get everything in one place. If we couldn’t aggregate the data that is spread across the various sites (Census, LINZ, MOE, etc) then the site wouldn’t have nearly the same richness of content. What we need to do is put our data at the point of use – and if that is through a Google Maps interface then we will be supporting this.
The Government has recently announced a subsidy for home heating and insulation. If you house was built before 2000 the you may be eligible. The funding can be used for:
- Ceiling and underfloor insulation, up to a required standard (please note you need to get both ceiling and underfloor insulation done, if at all possible, to qualify for funding).
- A clean, efficient heating device in the primary living space, if the primary living space does not already have a heating device that meets current standards. You are only eligible for funding for the installation of clean heating if your insulation first meets standards.
- The following energy efficiency measures where necessary: a hot water cylinder wrap, pipe lagging, draught-stopping, and a ground moisture barrier
As winter bites and you sit there shivering in your cold, damp home don’t you think you owe it to yourself to upgrade your insulation? In New Zealand we love to build houses that are totally inadequate for our environment and it is good to see that we are getting serious about fixing them.
SO what are you waiting for? Check out the ENERGYWISE website for more information.
Alistair and I had the pleasure of travelling to Queenstown last week for The Professionals conference in Queenstown. I’ve picked up a Flip Ultra HD and made a short video showing off some Queenstown sights.
The Queenstown property market has been in the news a lot of the last few months as several high profile developments have run into financial troubles due to the recession. Still this doesn’t detract from the amazing scenery, adventure sports scene and general buzzing atmosphere of this town.
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