Leaning tower-lateral thinking or Stuff up? The untold story

31Mar15

“While, unlike the proposed Leaning Tower of Rongotai. the default setting of the new 64m Megatower of Molesworth will be set to exactly vertical, the new seat of government may not remain upright for very long. Base isolation technology will allow it to automatically lean to the left or the right in accordance with which way the psephological cyclone is blowing.” 

Today’s online Dominion item on the Leaning Tower of Rongotai appears timed to be in the printed version of the Dom tomorrow, 1 April. Have the exigencies of working to a 24 hour digital news cycle, punctuated daily by the daily print run, resulted in premature exhortation in the story’s Comments section on Stuff?

Will more locals be hissing into the wind tomorrow as they turn over their calendars to the strains of A Fool Such as I?*.

Key extracts

“…Airways New Zealand has lodged a resource consent application with Wellington City Council for a 32-metre-high airport control tower, designed to lean into the prevailing northerly wind at an angle of 12.5 degrees.

That would be considerably more than Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, which leans by about 4 degrees…The nine-storey Rongotai tower … would give Wellington Airport’s 20 air traffic controllers 360-degree views from the lookout area on the top floor.

Airways chief operating officer Pauline Lamb described the tower, which would cost $18 million, as being in keeping with the local environment. “…We wanted something which is a little bit quirky, which reflects Wellington’s progressive image…”

Architect Evzen Novak, of Studio Pacific Architecture, said plans involved solid base isolation foundation features, which would ensure the building was secure in an earthquake and a southerly.

If the resource consent process went smoothly, Lamb expected construction to begin in November, and it could be operational by December next year…”*

The untold story

The untold story, still under GCSB clear plastic wraps, is that Novak and colleagues are also designing a variably inclined building to replace the present Beehive in time for the next general election. (This may be some time away, given the groundswell of public opinion behind Minister Nick Smith’s efforts to apply at a national level the same democratic principles that apply to regional government in Canterbury.)

In the wake of the recent Northland by-bye election SPA has been asked to step up work on a Beehive replacement incorporating the kind of lateral thinking used in the Rongotai rendition, as well as state of the art MMP Lurchometer technology which senses seismic shifts in the political landscape and displays them architecturally in real time.

While, unlike the proposed Leaning Tower of Rongotai. the default setting of the new 64m Megatower of Molesworth will be set to exactly vertical, the new seat of government may not remain upright for very long. Base isolation technology will allow it to automatically lean to the left or the right in accordance with which way the psephological cyclone is blowing.

Corporate sponsorship provided in kind by Pisa Hut and the TAB will ease the fiscal burden, though MPs will lose the right to purchase fish and chips during sitting hours or all bets are off.

Key Comments

State Services officials would not be drawn on whether the same seismically attuned technology will be used in the construction of new buildings for public sector workers in Christchurch’s new central city.

According to Prime Minister John Key “It’s all a matter of degrees. We’ve certainly got both the inclination and the time, but Bill’s not sure about the money. I’m not ducking the issue, but we have to first get our quakes in a row in Wellington.”

New NZ First electorate MP Winston Peters commented that he never made comments on poll results prior to elections. He referred all further enquiries to his answering service. Rather than the usual voice message, this plays a recording of him having the last laugh last Saturday.

#Lyall Lukey 31 March 2015
http://www.lukey.co.nz/  http://www.smartnet.co.nz http://lukeytraining.wordpress.com/  My other (slightly more) serious blog

*Blinks
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/67556860/proposed-wellington-air-control-tower-to-lean-into-wind Dominion 31 March 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg6XXAzg36w Elvis Presley – A Fool Such As I (1961)

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