BarbKathMyra by kebabette
BarbKathMyra, a photo by kebabette on Flickr.

Barbara, Kath and Myra.

Kia ora

I’ve moved to a new blog home Episodic Table.
Come and visit me there for Christchurch photos and more stuff.

Donna

Back on 7 April I tweeted:

In Christchurch, when the doors are open it doesn’t mean anyone is home & it probably means the home soon won’t be here.

I linked to this photo:
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And today (16 April) it was true for 849 Colombo Street and its neighbours, only the pretty fuschias and the fence still on show.
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Miles WarrenAs the Dorset Towers are now rubble, and the Crowne Plaza skeletal, The Press has looked at Warren and Mahoney’s work in the article Quake destroys architects’ legacy.

I lived very much in the belly of the Brutalist beast – living around the corner from Sir Miles’  first significant work –  the Dorset Street flats – and working at the Central Library.

Once before the earthquakes, I contemplated tracking the Warren and Mahoney universe I saw each day – Dorset Street Flats, Dorset Towers, their office on Victoria Street, the Crowne Plaza, the Town Hall, the Central Library.

I can’t say that I loved the style – but the monumentality of it makes that redundant. These are strong, grounded buildings, claiming the space with purpose. The Town Hall I think is the apotheosis of their style  – the luxurious interior and soaring spaces work with  brutalist elements to make a successful marriage.

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Crowne Plaza

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Dorset Towers

Colour me amazed that there isn’t a band called Knights in White Satin. There damn well should be.

You need this song in your life. It is OTT pop bombast at its apotheosis:
Nights in White Satin: The Moody Blues.

My sister’s imaginary video for this song might well include Michael Fassbender in a suit of armour. And, for a dash more music video literalism, some rolling round on white satin sheets.

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On the site of the old part of the Caxton Press.

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Caxton Press

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The site of the Copthorne on Durham

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A wall in the Re:Start mall

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By the Amuri Courts, Durham Street

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123 Victoria Street (Pacific Brands)

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123 Victoria Street (Pacific Brands)

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123 Victoria Street (Pacific Brands)

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Bealey Avenue

I’ve been more visual than lexical recently. So in the spirit of working what what you’re working with, here’s a photo essay of Wednesday 22 February, beginning and ending with Edgeware. The full set of 177 photos is on Flickr:
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