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...

Get Set

Fact: The word with most entries in the Oxford Dictionary is “set” — a word able to be used as a noun, adjective or...

Game of two halves

Christchurch. Still battered and bruised nearly two years after the first earthquake. But as a visit in late 2011 showed, there are some signs...

Thinking Big

Kingsley Amis was once quoted as saying: “If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.” What he meant was that you...

Your personal Shangri La — what would it look like?

By Architect Don Bunting   If you had an unlimited budget for your dream home would you be more likely to aim for the audacity of...

Control

The tragic fire in the Grenfell Tower in London in June highlights the question: “who is really in charge of our industry?” I struggle to...

Word power

Over the past three years I have spent a few hours each week during term time helping Year 9 secondary school students appreciate the...

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...

In code

When I first started in architectural practice, engineers still used punch cards to hold the codes defining their calculation data. Containing a series of...

Outer space

To misquote Wordsworth, I recently “wandered past a lonely cloud” to the end of Queen’s Wharf in Auckland. Queen’s Wharf was the centre of...