Like many cities, Auckland is controlled by the property market. The way the city changes, looks, and feels, is often decided by a group developers who get to dictate the occupation of spaces. This year, more than 1,200 new apartments will be completed in Auckland's CBD—the biggest building boom in a decade.I wanted to visit some central spaces that were once old buildings, flats, and carparks, but now are in the midst of construction or planning—transitional spaces soon to play a permanent role in the city. What I found is the last grasps of life that refused to let go: weeds and wild grass climbing through the sites, tagging and graffiti claiming the surfaces for the last time, moss growing on bricks not worth treating, and mould creeping up walls.
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