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...

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 —...

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,...

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...

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...

I like it

For those old enough to remember, the title of this column came from the 1963 hit by Gerry and the Pacemakers. I honestly don’t...

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,...

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...

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...

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...