Tracing the Urban Environment

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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.