November 25th, 2020
"I Never Met A Straight Line I Didn't Like", a terrific new book of modernist houses from the "Christchurch School" of architecture by Mary Gaudin and Matthew Arnold. The 434-page hardback features 12 dwellings built between 1962 and 1973, including five Warren & Mahoney designs, as well as an archival pictorial chronology, beginning with the Dorset Street Flats in 1956, and going through to 1967. Beautifully photographed and designed, it is a must-have for any modernist-lovers' library! The book can be ordered diectrly from the publishers at the link below:
November 01st, 2020
“Brutal Beauty” was a commissioned one-hour documentary film screened as part of Television New Zealand's "Artsville" series in 2011, and traces the storied career of architect Sir Miles Warren, and his impact on the country's urban landscape. Importantly, the film was shot in 2010, prior to the devastating February 22nd 2011 Canterbury earthquake, meaning buildings are viewed and analysed through a lens of innocence of the devastation soon to come.
The documentary features Sir Miles revisiting and reminiscing on a number of his most important milestone buildings, including a stop at Dorset Street Flats, as shown in the clip here. Contextual information is provided by architecture and design historian Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, author of “At Home: A Century of New Zealand Design” (2004).
Permission to use the clip was kindly given by Director/Producer Richard Riddeford, and a link to to longer excerpt can be found on the website here.
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