Emma Stewart, a fourth-year student at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning, reinvented Queens Wharf after rising sea levels wiped out the old concrete wharf. It created a new urban landscape and a marae atea space between the city and the port. A place to welcome, celebrate, tell stories.
Photo: Emma Stewart

Auckland City, oh what a shame

Returning to Auckland in 2000, architect Julie Stout was appalled at what an unloved and seedy place our city center had become.

Twenty years later, it would be nice to say that a lot has improved – but has it?

Auckland City are in trouble again. With more road cones and construction trucks than people on the streets, it’s hard to see the way forward.

Will a phoenix rise from the ashes? Do we (still) have to reinvent our city? And has Covid changed the way we should construct the world around us?

It’s not too late to realize Auckland’s magnificent potential.

Using experiences drawn from the design projects of masters students at the School of Architecture and Urbanism, Julie will describe a future Auckland that connects to the wairua/spirit of place often lost in the environment. urban and encompasses the many cultures that make up the unique fabric of Tāmaki Makaurau.

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A critical look at the development of downtown Auckland

Julie Stout – 2021 NZIA Gold Medalist

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Julie Stout

Julie Stout

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Julie Stout is an architect, urban planner and activist from Auckland and a professional teacher in the Masters program at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Earlier this year, she was awarded the New Zealand Institute of Architects Te Kāhui Whaihanga Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement. She is the first woman to be so honored.

Along with her late partner David Mitchell, Julie designed some of New Zealand’s most remarkable architecture, but it’s the wider canvas of the city that takes her so long. For the past 20 years, she has led campaigns to make Auckland a better city, including legal action protecting the Waitematā from possible expansion of Auckland’s ports and pushing for better buildings and public spaces .

This session was broadcast in association with the University of Auckland Raising the bar evening, held in August 2022

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