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  From the Top
John Walsh: Congratulations on your new position, David, and to start – why did you accept it?

David Sheppard: Thank you, John. When Patrick Clifford first approached me, I asked for a few days to decide whether I might be up to the job, and whether in terms of the workload in Christchurch, it was appropriate to do it. But it is an honour to be invited... The Institute has been very helpful and a valuable part of my life, and I decided it was time to try and give back a bit more than just being on committees and doing the occasional awards programme. So I’m approaching it in that way... I’d like to help the members of the Institute feel comfortable that they have a body that represents them in this ever-changing world.

With my background and particular interests I would like to help, wherever possible, to improve the image and the reputation of architecture. It’s something that’s still a large question mark in the community – what is it that we do? A second concern is the issue of collaboration between architects and other professions. I think this is the way forward because of the complexity of so many projects... There are a number of excellent examples throughout New Zealand where collaboration has resulted in a project that’s much better than it would have been if we’d tried to go it alone as architects or engineers or whatever.

A third issue for me is the urban design aspect of what we do – even a single building creates a context around it. This is another way of the future. There’s more to the world tha
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News September 2012
Reactions to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan
The Blueprint for central Christchurch has been released, and in many ways it is a more radical document than might have been expected. Cross Section solicited reactions to the design centrepiece of the Christchurch recovery plan.
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Lomas House under threat
Sic transit? It looks as though Peter Middleton's Lomas House, the winner of a 2012 New Zealand Architecture Award for Enduring Architecture, is headed for demolition or, at best, relocation from its Hamilton site.
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New Zealand at the 2012 Venice Biennale
New Zealand has a presence at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale in the form of a clever, cheap and portable exhibition organized by Andrew Barrie and Siomon Twose.
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2012 Serpentine Pavilion
Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei go underground in this year's iteration of the annual Serpentine Pavilion in London's Hyde Park.
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From the desk of John Albert
The NZIA’s professional services manager reports on the issues and initiatives that he has recently dealt with.
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In brief
New Zealand practices at WAF; the new urban design awards; successful sleuthing at Futuna; some acerbic comments on the profession; Auckland's new urban design panellists; filling in the Ponsonby hole; and anyone for test crcket at Victoria Park?
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Diary Dates
Christchurch architects go public; the 2012 NZIA APL Design Series; NSW country architects come to Napier; branch award evenings.
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Obituaries
Vale Peter Beaven, Bob Acheson, Warren Wilcox.
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Views
Construction in the New Zealand economy
A Construction Strategy Group report argues that better planning processes will help the New Zealand construction sector.
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News
Taira Nishizawa
Japanese architect Taira Nishizawa was in New Zealand for a lecture tour recently. While in Auckland, he discussed his work with John Walsh and Andrew Barrie.
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