Short-term thinking

By Architect Don Bunting   Common phrases once used in our industry when discussing a proposed new project were:  • What standard do you want — good,...

What’s gone wrong?

On returning from London, I spent the 70s, 80s and 90s as a partner in a commercial design practice. As any who were there will...

Smart cities

Napoleon was talking about the tactics of warfare. However, the same can be said about amateur politicians putting the tactics of political expediency —...

Getting from A to B

When asked what aspect of modern life most adversely affects them on a day-to-day basis, many people will say “getting from A to B”. Inner-city...

The Glass House

Just north of New York State is Connecticut, the most southern of the New England States. Famed as the country home of New York’s...

A failed performance

Ask most involved in the construction industry what our building code is and you are likely to receive either a slightly wary look, or...

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...

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...

Myths and legends

We can sometimes fail to recall exactly what happened in the past and why it happened. For example, I couldn’t remember what triggered the...

Alternate facts

The Donald Trump bid for the USA presidency introduced us to a new reality, and a new way of speaking known as “alternate facts”. Essentially,...