Jerusalem’s Wall of Tears

Forty-one years ago the Israeli army occupied Jerusalem. For the first time in nearly two millennia the city was united and back in Jewish...

Istanbul’s glorious Hagia Sophia

When the votes were in for the New Seven Wonders of the World, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia failed to figure among the magnificent seven, although...

Raurimu’s twisting spiral

The date: 1898. The problem: How to achieve a workable climb for New Zealand’s main trunk line from Taumarunui to the summit at National...

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....

Seeing stars in Sydney

Visitors to Sydney who take time to explore the slopes above The Rocks may wish to direct their steps up Observatory Hill. At...

Broken but not subdued

For generations Christchurch’s cathedral has been the city’s symbol, its focal point and, in many ways, its very identity. Of all New Zealand...

A Dinky-Di 75th . . .

The bridging of Sydney Harbour took 117 years. The notion was first voiced in 1815 by convict and architect-about-town Francis Greenway, who designed many...

Yurt 4 U?

In Old Turkic, yurt is the homeland, the dwelling place. For the nomadic people living on the steppes of Central Asia, it described their...

Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral

Japanese-born Shigeru Ban is a remarkable designer. In the media he is sometimes known as The Emergency Architect. He studied in the early...

The simple dignity that is Avebury

Avebury has always affected me deeply. I saw its standing stones first in 1973. It wasn’t their immensity, nor their simple grandeur — rather,...