Friday, November 6, 2009

NOW FOR THE BIG QUESTION WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY WANT AND NEED ON QUEENS WHARF


Now the nonsense has been dumped will enlightenment follow on Queens Wharf. 
What do we actually need there.
Lets stop this iconic building bullshit.
First things first. 
Buildings become great building when they are superbly designed for their purpose but the purpose comes first and the more clearly that is defined the more chance there will be of the building built to serve it being great.
Have the vision and the visionary building will follow - well we hope.
Auckland needs to have a big and realistic think.
The Ports of Auckland want a cruise ship terminal.
They can build that on their own land not on land they cunningly sold to the city.
Mayor John Banks has pointed to Bledislow Wharf as an appropriate site for a cruise ship terminal and a convention/exhibition centre - he is spot on.
Now is the time for a wide ranging discussion and debate on what will be built on Queens Wharf. An elegant plan that will lift the city's dreary record on urban design out of the pit successive councils and their bureaucrats buried it in.
Most of all it must be something for the city and its citizens not a political or architectural folly.
Time to think and time to take the time to think.

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