Long Live the Modern

Long Live the Modern: New Zealand’s New Architecture, 1904-1984, edited by Julia Gatley, was published by Auckland University Press in 2008.  It aims to raise public awareness about the heritage value of modern architecture and to provide a national context for the heritage assessment of individual modern buildings.  To do this, it identifies 180 key modern buildings, sites and neighbourhoods nationwide.  The list was compiled with input from DOCOMOMO New Zealand members and interested others.  To provide points of reference for those faced with the task of assessing our modern heritage, it includes representation across a range of themes, such as chronology, building type, scale, location, architect, architectural design ideas, construction method and material palette.  Sadly, more than a dozen of the 180 have been demolished in the years since.