Falkirk’s big turn on

Dr Kerry Rodgers ruminates upon revolutionary engineering in central Scotland   Tucked away in Bonnie Scotland, north-east of Glasgow, is one of the great...

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...

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...

The Alhambra

Given the Middle-eastern tensions that bedevil the world today, we may sometimes forget that for eight centuries Spain was an Islamic nation. The...

Getting glassy-eyed in Cairns

In June 2009 the Cairns Regional Council conducted a limited competition for the design of a new visitors centre for the Cairns Gardens. Among...

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....

Unravelling mysterious Chankillo

Tucked away in the Peruvian Andes, some 400km north of Lima, is a large, 2300-year-old ancient ruin named Chankillo.   A plan view of the concentric...

Auckland’s aging coathanger

When I first came to Auckland some 50 years back, the only way to take a vehicle to the North Shore was to trundle...

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...

Eyeing you up

They do things differently in England’s north. Up in Newcastle-on-Tyne they have a plethora of bridges crossing the river on which the city is...