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...

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...

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...

What really went wrong?

There has also been a lack of qualitative research, and even today there is no clear analysis of: • how many buildings of...

Plan to fail

In this case it probably doesn’t matter too much as it’s only sport. Although legendary ex-Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said that football isn’t...

Celebrity

One of the mysteries of modern life is that a TV weather announcer can become an instant celebrity — assuming they are prepared to...

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....

Good, better, best

At the time of a personal career change in the late 1990s, when I moved from architecture to working with industry organisations and government...

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...

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...