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Victoria Tops Awards Again

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Claire Sharp, 2006 recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Dulux Design Award.

Yet again a Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of Architecture student has won the prestigious New Zealand Institute of Architects Dulux Student Design Award.

A project by 2006 final year student Claire Sharpe was selected from 12 national finalists, drawn from New Zealand’s three schools of architecture - University of Auckland, UNITEC New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington.

Her project, ‘Activating Urban Ephemerality’, examines notions of urban planning and activation through the design of an open air theatre in the centre of Wellington, where Pigeon Park/Te Aro Park and The Oaks centre are currently sited. The design serves as a cultural hub for events in the city, with space for events, arts administrators and public viewing. The project seeks to create an architectural event, rather than an end result, where the spectator becomes part of the act.

The judges praised the winning entry for the strategic selection of site, with the project showing an understanding of the context, and an ability to describe and respond to it.

The jury said it was encouraged by the graphic representation of the building in use and while it acknowledged some unresolved issues, these were minor in terms of the overall conclusions.

They said the complex takes hold of and encourages the public to communicate with the urban landscape, and develops a strong neighbourly bond with the street and surrounding buildings. “In short, this design gives without taking away.”

The NZIA Dulux Award has been held annually since 2002 by the NZIA. It showcases and acknowledges design excellence in students of architecture.

Dulux Product Manager Trade & Colour Renay Murray said “Dulux recognises the importance of creativity in design and we are delighted to play our part in championing the emerging talent within New Zealand’s architectural community.”

Judges for the 2006 NZIA Dulux Student Design Award were:

NZIA President Ian Athfield, Andrew Patterson of Auckland practice Architects Patterson and Dr Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, Head of School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney.

The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.

Claire who has recently joined Warren and Mahoney Architecture in Wellington plans to use her scholarship to travel through China, visiting new and old architecture.

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Professor Receives Award in Italy

george baird receives award in italy

Professor Baird (right) with Professor Ali Sayigh, Director General of the World Renewable Energy Network.

Professor George Baird, of the School of Architecture, recently participated in the 9th World Renewable Energy Congress in Florence, Italy, from 19 – 25 August. As well as chairing a session on Low Energy Architecture, he presented a paper describing the design and performance of the Landcare Research HQ Building in Auckland, which was designed on sustainable principles.

During the congress, at a function attended and addressed by the New Zealand ambassador to Rome, HE Julie Mackenzie, Professor Baird was awarded one of nine '2006 Pioneers of WREN' (the World Renewable Energy Network) awards for contribution to the world of renewable energy through publications, teaching and promotion of renewable energy, from WREN Director-General Professor Ali Sayigh.

For more information visit the World Renewable Energy Congress/Network website, then go into the WREC IX part of the site and look for the 2006 Pioneers.

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Waste Not, Want Not

Closing the Loops—Making Materials from Waste, was opened on 6 September by the Hon Clayton Cosgrove, Minister for Building Issues. The exhibition showcased student work from the Sustainable Architecture paper at the School of Architecture. Built environment and sustainability professionals, members of the public and academics came together to celebrate the work and discuss it with the course co-ordinator, tutors and students involved in the project. The exhibition ran from 5 September to 12 September.

The diverse group of 50 students from the architecture, building science, design, and development disciplines devised some ingenious uses for problem wastes, such as plastics, plasterboard, building glass, tyres and timber off cuts. Solutions included a ‘grow as you go’ carpet plant wall, green roof systems made from rubber waste, insulating blinds made from polystyrene waste and thermal bricks encapsulating treated timber waste.

Katrina Tamaira won the top project prize of $500, sponsored by WasteMINZ, for her ‘Korulastic’ roofing material made of melted and moulded industrial cling film. The other winners were: Matthew Webby, who won a $250 prize, also sponsored by WasteMINZ, for his project ‘RDF board’, a scheme to reuse off-cuts of MDF fibreboard and create a new aesthetic panelling system; Robert Alexander, who won the final WasteMINZ $250 prize for his project, which came up with a new kind of mouldable insulation material made from polystyrene and rubber; Charlotte Hoare, who won the top documentation award of $200, sponsored by Zero Waste Trust New Zealand, for her project looking at using waste polystyrene to insulate hot water pipes; and Ben Jagersma, who received a special mention for his project, which looked at using tyre waste, waste asphalt and copper pipes to create a thermal heat sink system for buildings.