The future is now

Think back 25 years to 1992 — before medical science took over this was considered half a lifetime. Now answer honestly, how much progress has...

A better way

Nearly every week there is yet another report on substandard building materials, or shonky workmanship on construction projects. This raises the question as to who...

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...

Inspiration

  Inspiration comes easily to some, but for most of us there’s a touch of panic and a lot of hard work when initially confronted...

Safe danger

  Architect Philip Johnson introduced the principle of “safe danger” into his designs. He would design steps fostering a sense of imbalance or unease. He would...

False memory

  We are aware that memories fade as time goes by. And recent research has shown that a more significant issue is that people, particularly in...

Connections

I recently read the biography of Steve Wozniak — titled somewhat coyly iWoz. A self-proclaimed genius — he was quick to tell us that his...

Crisis? What crisis?

Two building industry topics dominating the news throughout 2016 have been the housing crisis and faulty building materials. Both are important issues and both need...

Faulty Towers

Basil Fawlty, always looking for someone else to blame for any misfortune, would have revelled in the latest debacle with Auckland’s super city —...

Unintended consequences

The so-called “law of unintended consequences” is attributed to 17th Century English philosopher John Locke who, interestingly, was commenting at the time on the...