Auckland Waterfront

Sommersemester 2009

Public space

Eva Grimme

Prof. Regine Keller
Dipl.-Ing. Volker Kleinekort

Waterfront cities have a natural ability to produce strong images. Often their compact urban centres are condensed up to the water’s edge, creating an intense contrast between the volume of the built environment and the expansive surface of the seascape.

The ‘image of a city’ has great relevance for the national and international interurban competition, and pressure has been building up to produce marketable, media-effective images (Petrow 2008). This development is evident in the current discussion about the future of Queens Wharf, one of the central wharves on Auckland’s waterfront that will be opened to the public in the near future.
The various voices proposing their ideas for the wharf’s development seem to chorus one vision: an “iconic building” that turns Auckland into a “ world-class city”. Can architecture work as the magic potion for a city’s image? Or does it appear like tacky lip-gloss on a malfunctioning city organism? Could urban space cater for a more honest experience of the city? And what is the role and potential of urban space in the creation of municipal identity?

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