First up is my favourite NZ architect Hugh Tennent. I’d love to use him to design my dream small house. Anyway, I first learnt of Tennent through the TVNZ series My God, which aired in around 2008 – Season 1. It was a fascinating interview and visual journey. Tennent was also the architect behind the design for the modernizing of the Cistercian Abbey at Kopua in the Hawke Bay. It’s a remarkable place, and one I wish I was able to visit more often.
In 2014 Tennent was interviewed on the Radio National Spiritual Outlook programme in which he reflects on spirituality and architecture. You’ll find it here.
I also enjoyed Australian radio’s Architecture, Design and Better Cities:
“…Australia’s built environment leaves, at least, a little to be desired. Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has put 'cities’ back on the agenda by declaring urban planning, a matter of "quality of life". One of Mr Turnbull's first acts as Prime Minster was to create a new cabinet position of Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. What makes a good city? Why does great architecture matter? Paul Barclay discusses this with art expert and Griffin lecturer, Edmund Capon, as well as a developer, an architect, and an academic. Recorded at the National Press Club in Canberra…”
You’ll find it here.