Houston’s Beer Can House

From 1968 until his death 20 years later, Milkovisch, a retired railroad upholsterer, emptied 50,000+ cans of beer and used the empties to clad...

Worcester’s Hive

Dr Kerry Rodgers considers how a splendid appearance does not always match practical usage. In one of my more sardonic moods...

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...

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. ...

Wairakei celebrates 50 years

In the 1950s New Zealand was desperate for electrical energy. A succession of droughts had found the country’s much vaunted hydro-electric generation capacity wanting....

The signs of Harry Ell

Kiwis owe much to dedicated visionaries. Harry Ell was one blessed with foresight, and visitors to the Port Hills in Christchurch often learn the...

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...

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...

Wellington’s very own Cake Tin

Like some latter day philanderer, Wellington seems to have gotten over its long-professed, 103-year love affair with Athletic Park. It did so in quite...

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...