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Architect Athfield. 1977 Documentary Film.

Oct 22, 2008

“Before he achieved worldwide fame as an actor, Sam Neill directed this documentary for the National Film Unit about lively New Zealand architect Ian Athfield. It examines the philosophy, achievements and frustrations of one of this country’s most innovative architects,

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Four Houses From Four Decades

Oct 17, 2008

Christchurch Art Gallery.

18 – 24 October, 10am – 4pm on the hour.

This film profiles the interior and exterior of four modern houses in Christchurch using archival photographs and contemporary video with voiceover from architects and inhabitants.

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Constructing The Modern City.

Oct 14, 2008

Post-War Canterbury Architecture 1945-1970

15 October – 1 November. An exhibition of architectural drawings and models held, appropriately, in the Minson, Henning-Hanson and Dines building that won the NZIA National Award in 1976.

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Looking for the Local.

Aug 20, 2008

A wonderful survey of New Zealand architecture from the 1950s and 60s featuring archival photographs from the time. Features many Christchurch homes including Paul Pascoe’s Graham House in South Shore (pictured) that was given planning exemption due to its ‘experimental’ roof.

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Warren & Mahoney walking tour

Aug 13, 2008

Lifted from a selection of architectural tours developed by Dr Andrew Barrie with other contributing writers including Dr Julia Gatley. These guides were originally published in ‘Block’, the broadsheet of the Auckland branch of the NZIA.

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