This issue of Urbis marks our one-hundredth, and we’ve come a long way, baby.
In the Shorts section of Urbis numero uno back in the Spring of 1998, there is a news piece about the “space-age iMac” with its radical, translucent, coloured box, and a story about the futuristic invention of self-scanning systems for supermarkets that were being trialled in Britain (which, according to the story, were supposed to be able to tell you if your forgot something based on your previous purchases…still waiting for that one!).
There are reviews of those ‘Kiwi films’ Gattaca and The Truman Show, and a virtual reality exhibition that was on at Te Papa, which depicted Wellington in 2055, with a spiky haired, purple-and-silver-clad cartoon tour guide.
While the content might seem dated now, it is clear that the ideas that drive Urbis have not changed – the design and architecture featured was and still is cutting-edge, the finger still on the fast-moving pulse of urban life, it holds on to a passion for design as a vital cultural and economic force. The haircuts and timber finishes may be different, but the experience is still alive.
So here’s to a hundred issues (and the amazing people who made them happen), and to many, many more to come.