RIP Ath’

16th January 2015

It’s been a tough couple of years for Wellington architecture with the significant losses of architectural giants such as Gerald Melling and Bill Toomath, and now today Ian Athfield.


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Energy-Efficiency & Sustainable Architecture CPD seminars

4th November 2014

We have organised two CPD seminars (40 CPD pts  each) on energy-efficiency and sustainable design.  More »

Architects Draw: history

1st November 2014


Hugh Ferriss “Metropolis of Tomorrow” (c.1929)

Drawing has been a staple of an architect’s profession for longer than architecture has been a profession … More »

Architects Draw: Charity Auction

1st November 2014

APTOPIX Britain Auction

Architects are historically renowned for drawing, More »

Home Sweet Home

18th October 2014

Mid September (18-22 September 2014 to be exact) saw four small gabled forms inhabiting the uncompromisingly urban space of Trafalgar Square in London. More »

Poor process or RMA problems?

17th October 2014



Last Sunday (12th October) John Key announced that the Housing Accords legislation would be incorporated into the Resource Management Act (RMA), and that the Basin Board of Inquiry was evidence of a need to combine sections 6 and 7, and include a reference to “infrastructure” in this new section in an amended RMA. More »

Infrastructure expiration date

31st August 2014

When $27 million dollars was spent on fixing the spindly wire connections of the trolleybuses in 2007, I doubt diesel was far off the minds of the Wellington City Council. The opportunity to argue the cost-effectiveness of their bus technological counterpart is not too difficult to empathise with in regards to their recent decision.

Arguably, the hilarity of claimants who state Diesel is sustainable. When did peak oil and toxic fumes get lost in the fog of choices? Sustainable in terms of short term spending and purchasing power, yes, environmentally sustainable, no. NZ has a hydro damn, generating energy from water.

The phase out planned for the city trolley bus system is set to disrupt Wellington’s provisional infrastructure yet again. You could foresee some changes about to occur when Manners St was turned into more roading, and other roads are continually being added or changed for what ever reason. Yet I hardly see the point in creating a flexible bus system to encourage greater public transport use when usually you expect the bus to come to your bus stop for years to come, not to deviate. Another point to mention is the future of wire infrastructure. City Links provides the free CBDFREE, a free wifi service for the city, and uses the trolley bus infrastructure. This smart use of pre-existing infrastructure is also utilised by Meridian energy and Telecom. Shifting to more autonomous business strategies does not seem like the kiwi way. The opportunity to share infrastructure seems to represent people making logical mutually reliant choices which surely is a strength for the New Zealand economy.