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Kate Turner, finalist

Kate Turner

Photo by Simon Wilson


Kate Turner, from the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning, was a finalist for her project, ‘The Fictional Generator’.

Project description

Looking at Gold Rush architecture through the filter of Eleanor Catton’s writing, Kate Turner moves the site for settlement from 19th century Hokitika to the modern-day Karangahake Gorge on the Coromandel Peninsula. The project seeks to give built expression to the spatial attributes described in The Luminaries in concepts for structures including a Meeting House, Jewellery House, Pottery House, Printmaking House and Glassblowing House. 


This is a brave attempt to give architectural expression to a long and complex novel – Eleanor Catton’s ‘The Luminaries’. Using the generative power of the book’s narrative, the project yields a series of building imbued with character. The novel’s structure has been mapped, and its content has been mined, interpreted and re-imagined. The project is ambitious, thought-provoking and complex – just like the book which inspired it.

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