Creator: The Architectural Centre is a voluntary organisation of architects, artists, designers and the like with an interest in the built environment in Wellington, New Zealand. They formed in 1946 with the aim of creating a manifesto, although nothing was completed or published. This one was completed on the 60th anniversary of the organisation in 2006.
Purpose: The general aim is to improve the urban environment in Wellington, New Zealand.
The Architectural Centre: Manifesto for Architecture
- Architecture must be better than what it replaces. (Fresh air is better than some buildings)
- Architecture relies on intelligent government. (Mindless bureaucracy will only create mindless architecture)
- Architecture needs an assertive public. (Architecture will only thrive if the public demands this)
- Urban Environments must be planned (but not only by planners)
- Recycle Architecture; Good architecture is elegant environmentalism (Continued human existence relies on having planet earth in our future: ditto for the next planet)
- Architecture must facilitate better living. (The delights of good design – light, warmth and pleasure etc – must be cherished)
- Bad building must be eliminated. (Wellington is too important for soulless buildings; buildings designed heartlessly for profit are not architecture)
- Architecture must be celebrated. (New architecture is our future heritage)
- Architecture has an obligation to challenge (Controversy has a positive role in architecture)
Architectural Centre Inc: http://architecture.org.nz/about/
Image: Geoff McDonald, Walter Read Reserve, Oxford Street, Sydney