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...

The cheaper the better

And yet that apparent dream world was once common practice for any major construction contract. What happened? The 1980s happened. If ever there...

False modesty

Few members of the design and construction industry involve themselves in the wider political or business world. Is this about false modesty? Or do...

A convention

Is there an unwritten convention that large shopping centres have to be unattractive? I couldn’t name even one such centre that looks like anything...

It’s just old

I recently came across a quote by Barry Humphries, made while he was visiting to promote his upcoming Dame Edna tour of New Zealand....

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...

A glass act

Science writer Steven Johnson defines the hummingbird effect as: An innovation in one field triggering an unexpected breakthrough or change in a different domain.   The...

Cast aside

  Noticing the poignant wording on an old footpath grating — “Patent applied for” — reminded me what a great building material cast iron is,...

Generation why

A trait common to all recent generational groupings — Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Millennium — is that they tend to have a...

Cracking up

Architect Don Bunting discovers that building defects are an international issue. I recently visited Sydney, specifically to see how the...