Bad acting

The latest attempt to provide a more robust regulatory framework for the construction industry is the Building Amendment Act 2013. The amendment is...

A lot of hot air?

More concerning — and the article was headed “working with nature” — was that among a number of highlighted features were “the installation of...

Star quality

According to the media, today almost anyone can be a star. Appear in a daily soap opera; instant stardom. Read out the weather on...

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...

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...

Softly, softly

Think of Barcelona, and other than the 1992 Olympic Games (especially the theme song performed by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé) most first-time visitors...

The blame game

Architect Don Bunting looks back at what were better times for our industry, and examines some of the possible causes for change.   Accepting that memory...

Never happened

With scientific and social change occurring at an ever increasing rate, it’s surprising what technology has failed to produce — and what has never...

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...

Delivering BIM

It’s been said that a good idea is one that can be encapsulated in 10 words or less. The challenge of delivering Building Information...