Pembridge and the NZIA
The idea was to give community groups and professional bodies a warm and humane place in the heart of the city.
Not only would every organisation from Greenpeace and Friends of the
Earth to the Institute of Architects and the Peace Foundation have the
opportunity to interact with the citizens of Auckland. They would also
have the chance of interacting with each other to stimulate creativity
and encourage co-operation. On the big issues of the day, such as
climate change, each group would be able to have their own style while
also benefiting from knowing what everyone else was doing.
The Institute of Architects, for example, would have constantly
changing exhibitions and displays and a good bookshop. The cluster of
houses would provide a first point of contact for locals and tourists
alike informing them about built-environment options. Lectures and
meetings would be within easy walking distance of both students at
adjacent campuses and the offices of the decision makers.
It would be a living urban design example of the very reason why we have cities.