Gerald John Melling (1943 - 22 December 2012) was an English-born, Architect, Poet, Novelist, Journalist, Author and Editor. Gerald Melling came to his craft by an unconventional route and he brings his unique brand of Liverpudlian humour and a fair measure of Beatles'-style anti-establishmentarianism to the poetic little buildings he nurtures. Nobody’s soldier that was a word to describe Gerald Melling. He believed low cost housing did not have to be drab and dull, but instead could be innovative and inspirational.

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  • Gerald John Melling (1943 - 22 December 2012) was an English-born, Architect, Poet, Novelist, Journalist, Author and Editor. Gerald Melling came to his craft by an unconventional route and he brings his unique brand of Liverpudlian humour and a fair measure of Beatles'-style anti-establishmentarianism to the poetic little buildings he nurtures. He wrote his first novel before he was even 20 years old, a free and restless spirit who has pursued his passions for architecture, literature and journalism for more than four decades.Also one of the most controversial speaker of his time, he is witty and at times his caustic comments may have offended many. Nobody’s soldier that was a word to describe Gerald Melling. He believed low cost housing did not have to be drab and dull, but instead could be innovative and inspirational. In 2010, he told The Dominion Post: ‘‘I wanted to show that architects could work on a modest level. I love architecture, but not the profession. How professional is it to turn away someone with $300,000 and say, ‘I can’t work with you unless you have $800,000’.’’ Following the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, he designed almost 50 houses and a community centre along the south coast of Sri Lanka, eventually writing a book called Tsunami Box about his experiences. He was always interested in low cost housing, he stated in an interview with John Walsh: Where architects are needed they’re not going. We really need architects to engage in low cost housing. What I want to see is good, experienced architects engaging in this. That’s what it needs. It’s one of the hardest things there is to do, low cost housing, to make an environment for people that really supports them. (en)
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  • 1943-1-1
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  • Skybox, 26Egmont St, Wellington, New Zealand
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  • Signal box, Sky box, Samurai house
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  • Gerald John Melling (1943 - 22 December 2012) was an English-born, Architect, Poet, Novelist, Journalist, Author and Editor. Gerald Melling came to his craft by an unconventional route and he brings his unique brand of Liverpudlian humour and a fair measure of Beatles'-style anti-establishmentarianism to the poetic little buildings he nurtures. Nobody’s soldier that was a word to describe Gerald Melling. He believed low cost housing did not have to be drab and dull, but instead could be innovative and inspirational. (en)
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