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...

Australia’s notorious Port Arthur

Australia has been celebrating its convict past — again. In 2010, 11 dinky-di former convict sites were inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. They...

Kunsthaus Graz

In 2003 the Austrian city of Graz, sited on the Mur River, was designated European Capital of Culture. The honour lasts one calendar year...

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...

Our Old Government Buildings

British architect Andrew Waugh recently spoke eloquently on national television as to the virtues of wood, specifically when it comes to rebuilding Christchurch. ...

Westminster’s chiming clock

Tucked away at the north-eastern end of London’s Houses of Parliament is that ultimate British icon — Westminster’s Great Clock Tower. The name of...

The Auckland regiment honours its fallen

Anzac Day 2005 saw a new memorial unveiled in the Auckland Domain. It is a simple cairn commemorating the service and sacrifice of soldiers...

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...

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...

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...