Ashburton’s enduring clock tower

  The next time you have cause to drive through Ashburton on State Highway 1 take a turn across the central rail line. If driving south,...

Tekapo’s astronomical analemma

Dr Kerry Rodgers has clearly been out in the midday sun for far too long . . . Analemma: a plot or graph...

The pyramid that Imhotep built

Some 4600 years ago, Imhotep designed and supervised construction of the world’s first large-scale, cut-stone tomb. It was Egypt’s first pyramid. Today it still...

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid: 1950-2016

Architect Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31, aged 65. Her subsequent obituaries have generated as much controversy as did her life works. Royal Institute...

Dwelling with Gaia

The primary concern here is with so-called earth houses, aka earth berms, as opposed to rammed-earth or earth-sheltered homes. Earth homes are set...

Holcim’s Timaru Dome

In October last year the ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the Port of Timaru for Holcim New Zealand’s new $50 million cement...

A tale of two churches

Dr Kerry Rodgers has a South Canterbury epiphany Christchurch’s Anglican Cathedral and Catholic Basilica were not the only Canterbury churches to suffer damage from the...

The colossus of Leshan

While watching a documentary called Rediscovering the Yangtze, I found — as a geologist in a former incarnation — the geomorphology mind blowing. There...

Christchurch’s Hagley Oval Pavilion

A southern-style stoush had been sparked when New Zealand was chosen, along with Australia, as host for the 2015 World Cricket Cup. Post-quake Christchurch...

Dunedin’s Canny Carnegie centre

Of the 18 libraries gifted to New Zealand by the late Andrew Carnegie, the most lavish was that of the City Of Dunedin. It...