Living in paradox – a history of NZ Design // Thurs 28 May 2015

Garth Falconer

DL Lecture Lecture Theatre // CPIT

How can we create better urban environments for New Zealanders? Is it a matter of better planning and more resources? Do we have to settle for second best? What of the lessons learnt from those who have come before us?

Garth Falconer gives a free lecture on the history of urban design across kainga, towns and cities in New Zealand, drawing on his recently released book.

Garth Falconer is a practising landscape architect and urban designer based in Auckland. Born in the small town of Gore at the bottom of the South Island, he joined the drift north at age ten, moving to Hamilton. Rather than choosing regular career-orientated tertiary studies, he first gained a BA in geography and sociology at Auckland University before by chance happening upon landscape architecture. Completing post-graduate landscape architecture at Lincoln outside Christchurch and faced with few job prospects, he worked in San Francisco for Peter Walker and Martha Schwartz, then in 1988 formed Isthmus Group along with three other graduates in a converted garage in Auckland. It grew to be a leading practice nationwide. In 2003 Garth took a sabbatical, completing a Masters in Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. Looking for more challenges, Garth left Isthmus in 2008 to form a smaller practice, Reset Urban Design, based in central Auckland, which is involved in a widening range of stimulating projects and initiatives around the country.

Presented by Urban Design Forum and the Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City-Making. Thanks to CPIT for the venue



Date: July 28, 2015