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This makes me mad. Hopping mad in fact.

Last week, the Tauranga-headquartered business unveiled $85,000 two, three and four-bedroom models with the same footprint, accepted by the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) for Christchurch earthquake victims, and said the first place was up to show an 83sq m temporary family house.

But the designs drew criticism for lacking aesthetic or environmental attention.

Andy Watson of Christchurch, a architect graduate, criticised Jennian’s designs, saying they offered no flair and little environmentally.

“It would be worth pursuing what criteria the DBH used to choose this design. It obviously has absolutely no design criteria and unfortunately Christchurch is going to be left with a bunch of very ugly, useless boxes in a couple of years time,” said Watson, of MAP Architects.

I have an idea.

Let’s take Mr Watson and sit him in the middle of a park for a few nights. Let him freeze his nuts off for a while.

Then we can ask him if he thinks “flair” is something he’s still concerned about.

What a stuck up prick. There’s thousands of people who’s houses have been destroyed, who need a roof over their heads now and he’s only concerned that they look “cool”. Never mind that there’s plenty of people in this country who live in so-called  “boxes” simply because that’s all they can afford – and I speak from experience in that regard.

As for his stated concern about the “future”, I would imagine that would also be less of a concern than he might imagine. I suspect that many of these buildings will eventually find themselves all over the South Island being used in schools and holiday parks and other places where people don’t actually care about the look as opposed to having a roof over their heads in the right place.

But you’ve gotta love this quote:

Other critics in the building industry compared Jennian’s solution to temporary housing in Japan, where shipping containers were being adapted to create stylish two-level houses for tsunami victims.

Hm, remember this?

Rethinking Crime and Punishment director Kim Workman and Auckland QC Peter Williams have described the idea of putting prisoners in containers as inhumane and degrading.

I guess it shows just how unreasonable some critics can be when you’re told that natural disaster victims must either be housed in housing described as “inhumane” even for prisoners or the latest million dollar indoor-outdoor flow design from Nose-In-The-Air Inc Architects.


Comments on: "NZ’s Next Top “Frozen To Death Earthquake Victim”" (2)

  1. It would be worth pursuing what criteria the DBH used to choose this design. It obviously has absolutely no design criteria

    I think DBH do have “design criteria” – that might be to get as many people as possible into snug warm houses before winter sets in.

    A difficult and challenging proposition – no?

    • To some people apparently it is.

      One wonders if this fellow would also object to the pre-fabs that have been making their way north from various southern schools.

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