Issue 3 of the NZIA publication Tāpoto – The Brief looks at the issue of the Government’s procurement of architecture. Two cases in point, both featured in Tāpoto 3, are the recently opened New Zealand Embassy in Beijing and the proposed National Archives building in Wellington. How are architects for such important projects commissioned, and who does the selecting? The answers are not always clear.
Tāpoto 3 also takes a look at public space design. A particular example, on a smaller scale, is Tīramarama Way in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter; something more ambitious is the city centre of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. Plus: Andrew Barrie’s description of his cardboard exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of RTA Studio; Matthew Waterfall’s essayistic exploration of a stranger’s (Airbnb?) apartment; an interview with London-based New Zealand architect Giles Reid; an update on the University of Auckland School of Architecture library saga; and a competition to re-imagine Wellington Central Library.