Scene at the Architect’s Rialto Film Evening


Diane Hume-Green ARTbop contributor and compiler of Scene About Town attended the recent Architects movie night at the Rialto Cinema, Downtown Tauranga.

E-Boss architecture product library are holding movie nights in New Zealand with local and national sponsors. The featured movie documentary this time was a topical one, given the talk by Ludo Campbell-Reid in Tauranga recently, about integrating public art in urban spaces and making cities pedestrian friendly.

We viewed “Reimagining Lincoln Centre and The Highline.” The architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro revamped the Lincoln Centre, a collection of performing arts buildings and public spaces in New York City. They also won the contract to convert the old elevated railway in Manhattan into The Highline. It is a park with walking spaces, an inner city garden, seating, viewing spaces and a link between different parts of the city.

I could watch this documentary several times as there was so much to take in. The passion of Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio was obvious. They founded the firm in 1979 when they started with art and theatre projects. Charles Renfro joined the firm in 2004 and the focus shifted to physical architecture and some iconic projects. The three partners explained their thoughts and design process in an intimate style. It is a really cool documentary, both thought-provoking and voyeuristic as the audience look at people looking at their city in a new way. Loved it.

Diane Hume-Green is a regular contributor to ARTbop. Diane is a multi-talented creative known for her fabric and fibre work and her interior decorator skills. As a child of a well-known Tauranga jazz and music family Diane attended her first jazz concert in a carrycot. Diane has a wealth of knowledge and experience of contemporary music. Diane is also a member of the Tauranga Writers Group. With architectural designer husband, Phil Green, Diane has been involved in organising a series of urban design talks at QVis Cafe, 18th Avenue, Tauranga.


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