20 years ago

The Barcelona Chair was created some 90, and not just 20 years, ago for the German Pavilion at the 1929 exposition in Spain. However,...

Mine is bigger than yours

Last year I visited the World Financial Centre in Shanghai. One hundred storeys high and, for about five minutes, it was the tallest building...

Material evidence

During my time at the Auckland School of Architecture in the 1960s, three of the key study topics were Building Materials, Building Construction and...

Being change ready

The title for this blog came from a talk given by the chief executive of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. In her view, being ready for...

A concrete result

The word concrete comes from the Latin word “concretus” (meaning compact or condensed),  from “con-” (together) and “crescere” (to grow). German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann found...

What is KiwiBuild?

By Architect Don Bunting   I am hoping that KiwiBuild is more than just another government slogan or over-ambitious call to arms for the industry. So while...

The internet or China?

It’s certainly difficult to imagine what the world would be like if the internet had not been invented, or if China had not broken...

Space

Anecdotally, Australia contains 40 different species of flora and fauna that can kill you. But the main difference bet ween Australia and our friendly...

A lot of hot air?

More concerning — and the article was headed “working with nature” — was that among a number of highlighted features were “the installation of...

Catching cold

Every time I catch a cold I wonder why science has failed so miserably to find a cure, or even an effective palliative, to...