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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… Read More
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 goes through. 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. (2011) Read Less
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 Tracing the Urban Environment - A Project Based on the Manthel Building, Wellington, NZ

(2011)
My Findings

For the Manthel Building, I focused on three scales; theurban city’s organisation in terms of vehicular travel and the effect on theenvironment, green spaces and the ephemeral cycle of graffiti.

On a macro scale, I focused on the intersection on thecorner of the Manthel building and how it links up to the busiest streets inWellington in relation to vehicular travel. In result, this causes obvious harmto the environment through pollution. Throughout the CBD, you can notice howcars dominate and how pedestrians are restricted to kerbs, alleyways and parks.This leaves the blocks of buildings isolated from each other in between thelarge roads. Pedestrians are dictated by these roads and are forced to hop frombuilding block to building block (island to island).

This exploration of course ties in with the observation ofgreen spaces in terms of pedestrian accessibility throughout the city, but alsoin terms of sustainability. New Zealand is renowned for green spaces but withinthe Wellington CBD, natural green spaces is lacking. I have noticed that wherethere are decent sized parks, multiple-lane roads surround them separating themfrom the inner city i.e Frank Kitts Park. Manthel building is at the frontierof that lining and is therefore vital to development. Green spaces are closely related to the microscale observation of graffiti as aesthetics attract the use of these spaces.Graffiti has an ephemeral effect of the qualities of the architectonics ofbuildings. Building surfaces can be damaged overtime when graffiti is removed.This is not a healthy procedure considering the transitory life cycle graffitigoes through.
From my inquiries from the city, I have developed a stanceand idea in which I would hopefully like to see the city transform itself into.