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In December 2021, architectural photographer David Straight was commissioned by Objectspace to document the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the built environment in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The outcome is a new publication featuring photographs taken at eight sites across the city – dispersed between two unprecedented regional boundaries instated under the Covid-19 Alert Level system.

Join Objectspace for the launch of Locations of Interest at Objectspace to pick up a copy and hear from the contributors.

Straight’s photographs are introduced by Fixed in Place, a text by Kim Paton written in the first half of 2022 that presents a personal reflection on the contemporary interventions that emerged within the city, alongside the residue of architectures tied to past pandemics.

Most of the physical signs of Covid-19 in our communities – testing facilities, vaccination centres, travel borders – are transitory. Locations of Interest functions as a document of these sites, both to record them for posterity and to provoke thought about our built environment as a site of socio-political action. What kind of access and use is prioritised in its design, and how well can it adapt and shift in response to the needs of its users?

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David Straight is a Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland- based photographer whose work focuses primarily on architecture and the built environment. His interest in this subject matter started as a street photographer in London and New York, and has followed through to documenting the built envron- ment for leading architecture firms and within his own practice. His books include Vernacular: The Everyday Landscape of New Zealand, John Scott Works, St James Church: Len Hoogerbrug and Duncraft House: Nicholas Kennedy / Ian Bisman.


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  • Thu 06 Jul


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  • Ponsonby, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland