New Zealand Parliament’s home

The Government of the day was in no hurry to spend money on new accommodation, and it was not until February 1911 that Prime...

Events centre — well utilised and much appreciated

Back in April 2005, the Counties Manukau Pacific Trust unveiled its TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre. Remarkably, the building opened debt-free. Since its opening,...

M. Eiffel’s Eyesore

In 1887 Gustave Eiffel got the nod from the Paris authorities to begin construction of his tower. It was intended as no more than...

Christchurch‚s Botanic Gardens visitor centre

It was by chance I stumbled across Christchurch’s first civic building to rise from the ashes of the quakes. I had been meandering alongside the...

The Louisiana Superdome

No building came to make us so aware of the human misery caused by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath than did the Louisiana Superdome....

Tolling for peace

Christchurch has a Peace Bell. In 2007, the pavilion in which it is now suspended scored three design awards — two from the New...

Christchurch salutes the Deans

AMI Stadium is the latest incarnation of what was once Lancaster Park that began life in 1880 under the auspices of the Canterbury Cricket...

Beijing’s Beaut Birds Nest

Dr Rodgers takes a gander at the auspicious centrepiece of China's 2008 Olympics   Its image has appeared in newspapers and on television for...

I K Brunel’s masterpiece

It was a late autumn day in 1973. We had just left Plymouth and turned a corner on the A38. There it was branded...

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...