The NZ Government via NZTA has more than NZD 7 million available to councils of all sizes "for projects using 'tactical urbanism' techniques such as pilots, pop-ups and interim treatments that make it safer and/or easier for people to move around or access community spaces". It's about creating more people-friendly spaces in our towns and... Continue Reading →
In lowest Princes Street Dunedin lies the Wolf at the Door, a refuge from monoculture, respite from Late-Capitalism and communal hub. Great coffee and the best scrambled eggs in the Universe. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE This area bounded by Stafford, Jetty and Hope streets and centred on The Wolf is liminal, a... Continue Reading →
It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →
Guest post that I wrote for the “Where and What is Beauty?” series on Exploring Colour -Nigel
Any aesthetic experience which leads to a loss of sense of self, a stepping out of time and just being – this is beauty to me. We speak of being absorbed in an experience and it’s as if our self – right down to the molecules – is blending with what we encounter.
Blending into our habitat
Beauty is as much about giving ourselves the time and head space to simply ‘be’ as it is about our surroundings being rich enough for our absorption. However our places don’t need to be very complex; a single tree shading an ordinary sidewalk suffices. Only yesterday walking during a hot Nor-Wester (a föhn wind) into the shade of a plane tree, there was a sudden stilling of time within the tree-space; I had to turn around and walk back in again to feel the coming together of filtered green light, soft foliage fragrance…
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Ephemeral but beautiful, only flowering for a few days, so all the more worthwhile. White cherry blossom. Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand.