For the Manthel Building, I focused on three scales; the
urban city’s organisation in terms of vehicular travel and the effect on the
environment, green spaces and the ephemeral cycle of graffiti.
On a macro scale, I focused on the intersection on the
corner of the Manthel building and how it links up to the busiest streets in
Wellington in relation to vehicular travel. In result, this causes obvious harm
to the environment through pollution. Throughout the CBD, you can notice how
cars dominate and how pedestrians are restricted to kerbs, alleyways and parks.
This leaves the blocks of buildings isolated from each other in between the
large roads. Pedestrians are dictated by these roads and are forced to hop from
building block to building block (island to island).
This exploration of course ties in with the observation of
green spaces in terms of pedestrian accessibility throughout the city, but also
in terms of sustainability. New Zealand is renowned for green spaces but within
the Wellington CBD, natural green spaces is lacking. I have noticed that where
there are decent sized parks, multiple-lane roads surround them separating them
from the inner city i.e Frank Kitts Park. Manthel building is at the frontier
of that lining and is therefore vital to development. Green spaces are closely related to the micro
scale observation of graffiti as aesthetics attract the use of these spaces.
Graffiti has an ephemeral effect of the qualities of the architectonics of
buildings. Building surfaces can be damaged overtime when graffiti is removed.
This is not a healthy procedure considering the transitory life cycle graffiti
From my inquiries from the city, I have developed a stance
and idea in which I would hopefully like to see the city transform itself into.