Women in Property – A Quiet Movie Night of Architecture
As part of the New Zealand International Film Festival, the NZ Women in Property committee recently held a movie night screening Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect. Our Architectural Design Manager Kristen Neri is an active member of the committee and we were proud to showcase some of innovation technology to the audience at such an event.
Held at the Northlands Mall, the main attraction seemed to take place prior to the screening with young architect, Isaac Kawati, hosting a virtual reality demonstration for attendees to experience. Attendees had the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s inaugural project – Hackett Road, Jacks Point – as well as Melbourne reality models of Bourke Street and Hosier Lane.
“There was a bit of excitement around the VR and attendees were blown away being able to be immersed in a design and an existing environment while also having a laugh,” Kristen commented. “It was really great to share a drink before the movie with some incredible Women in the Property industry and also show them the innovative ways we are using technology to provide both a better design outcome (Hackett Road), document an existing condition on a large scale (Bourke Street), and then also connecting street art to technology while engaging with the public (Hosier Lane).”
For Isaac, this event became an opportunity for him to network with property and construction experts while displaying his keen interest in the future of built environment experiences. By displaying Taylors capabilities in scan, model, and photogrammetry through the HTC Vive to an audience of first-time users, Isaac was able to demonstrate new technology to excited audience members.
“The response was overwhelmingly positive, with representatives from Christchurch City Council showing particular interest in the ability to accurately record existing details, and then interacting with that in a virtual reality format. As opposed to the traditional presentation format, the virtual reality format provided a much more intimate and personalised method of communicating ideas, which proved effective when paired with the length of time of the event, along with the number of attendees.”
When it came time for the main event, the movie in question sparked the imagination of the Taylors attendees. “Kevin Roche is truly an architect who designs buildings first and foremost for people and this has been a strong theme through his career which was strongly reflected in ‘The Quiet Architect’. The movie was quite inspirational to both myself and Isaac.” Kristen reflected. “It was also very close to my heart with Kevin Roche being an American based architect who practices in Connecticut where I grew up. I have felt very familiar with his work and he was the protégé of Eero Saarinen who has been a huge influence in my designs.’
‘Roche’s office buildings focus on the office worker, going as far as interviewing a company’s employees to find out what they most desired in their working environment and then mocking up a full-scale model. He was also one of the first architects to bring nature into an interior environment to inspire the occupants, which can be seen in the atrium of the Ford Foundation in New York City.’
‘Roche noted that the failure of modern day architecture is focusing on the business of architecture rather than the people who occupy the architecture. He quoted, ‘Architecture shouldn’t be a personal thing, ego in architecture is dangerous.’ I think that we at Taylors really embody the ethos of Kevin Roche with our company values Relationships, Expertise and Solutions. Much like Taylors is currently working to be ahead of the trend with utilising innovative technologies such as VR as a presentation tool, the movie noted that Kevin Roche was ahead of his time creating detailed slideshow presentations set up much like Powerpoint used today!”