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Friday, February 7, 2014
All viewable on google maps here.
Posted by David Nichols at Friday, February 07, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Naenae, in the Lower Hutt region of Wellington, was designed by the Austrian-New Zealander Ernst Plischke in the early 1940s. See Ian Bowman's paper 'Translating the New Old-World into the New New-World' for broad details on the plan (though Bowman is principally concerned with the redesigned commercial centre; he says little about the 'residential, industrial and sub-commercial areas' of Naenae except that they 'were implemented largely unchanged'). This particular visit to Naenae was largely to look at this internal reserve. But first, some context:
An example of the attractive small homes in this part of Naenae
20 February 2014, Re: the theory on encroached IR space above: I have finally got my hands on Ben Schraeder's out-of-print and hard-to-find We Call It Home: A History of State Housing in New Zealand. Schraeder prints Ernst Pischke's original plan for Naenae on p. 169, and while the above reserve appears in the plan, there weren't any other internal reserves nearby in 1946. Which doesn't really explain why the property boundaries within the blocks are so strangely constructed - in a way, that fact just frames a different question.
As an aside, I did a quick search on Naenae in the Australian digitised newspapers and found only this from the Queensland newspaper The Worker, very interesting though only peripherally relevant to any study of IRs. Schraeder's book talks a lot about Plischke's vision for Naenae as a 'garden city' (pp. 170-1) though I feel personally he doesn't properly represent the nuances of the IR seeing it instead as a manifestation of Radburn and/or 'garden city ideas' which I personally don't feel it really is, though it has connections to both. Plischke's interest in San Marco Square, Venice, as a template for Naenae's community centre is similarly a fascinating notion although trying to make a case for the IR above as having any connection to this is drawing a long, long, long bow.
Posted by David Nichols at Thursday, February 06, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
This reserve is part of public housing built as part of the Porirua public housing project of the early 1960s. The space is approximately 60 x 60 m with something like 16 residences around - all the homes are weatherboard.
Most houses face into reserve, only one residence has a gate (and that is overgrown with periwinkle, demonstrating lack of use).
Vehicular access (for maintenance only) at one end, with a removable bollard.One solitary tree in the space, some foliage at one side, corrugated iron fencing in the main, some wood fencing, some yards very visible from the reserve, one (western) house has verandah facing into reserve. Different uses of backyards but local agriculture seems prevalent, and the n/w corner seems to start to descend into a gully.
It is altogether quite delightful.
Amusingly (?) one of my students, Ella, came to pick Andrew Mackenzie and I up from Leicester Street and asked some locals where the park was. They told her there was no park nearby. As Andrew pointed out, this might come down to definition of 'park'. Still, strange that when asked such a question, the idea that this space might be a park did not even enter their minds...!
Posted by David Nichols at Monday, February 03, 2014