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NZIA publishes first issue of Tāpoto

13 March 2019

Tāpoto will be published three times a year, and will appear, bound but detachable, as an insert in Architecture NZ.

The name, Tāpoto, is a literalism, in two languages: architects are of course familiar with the term ‘brief’ – nothing they do happens without one – and our new title is a slim volume. One meaning of ‘tā’ is to print or publish, and one meaning of ‘poto’ is short (we may as well be upfront about the brevity of our publication – it is just a dozen pages).

The Institute thanks AGM and its parent company BCI New Zealand for printing and distributing our magazine. Tāpoto is in Architecture NZ, but not of it: our publication is produced by us, and we – the New Zealand Institute of Architects, that is – are responsible for the content and design of the title. For the Institute, Tāpoto is an opportunity to publish some of the material generated by and through our programmes and activities.

In this issue (download the pdf), for example, there’s a discussion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, such a big commitment for the Institute in 2014 and 2016, and the winning essay from the 2018 iteration of the annual writing competition we run with the support of the Warren Trust. But the content of Tāpoto will not be confined to the Institute’s affairs. We want to appeal to those outside the profession as well as those within it. And so, we’ll cover a wide range of architectural matters for readers who believe, or maybe would like to think, that architecture matters.

Tāpoto is available as a digital download in pdf form or we will happily send you a hardcopy of you would like one. Order a copy from the NZIA shop.