Karori Teachers College: VUW public meeting

5th March 2017

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Tomorrow night (Monday 6 March) is another public meeting about the fate of the VUW Karori Campus.  More »

My favourite modernist building … Rees Townhouses

5th March 2017

  Rees Townhouses, photo: Jackie Meiring
In New Zealand, there is a tradition of conserving ‘old’ buildings made of timber and stone. There is also a more recent ‘tradition,’ of owners and their architects who scrub their buildings so white, they look surgically enhanced, erasing all character and grace. More »

My favourite modernist building … INDEX

2nd March 2017

Here’s an index to the various entries of “My favourite modernist building …” and related posts More »

Chris Laidlaw response to our letter re: the trolley buses

23rd February 2017

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On 13 February we wrote to the Sustainable Transport Committee restating our concern regarding the GWRC decision to replace trolley buses with diesel-hybrid buses.  Our letter can be found here. Below is Chris Laidlaw’s response … More »

My favourite modernist building … BNZ, Victoria St, Hamilton

9th February 2017

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In February 1996 I arrived in Hamilton to take up a lecturing position at the University of Waikato. At pretty much the same time the Bank of New Zealand (Leigh, de Lisle & Fraser, 1965) in Victoria Street was demolished (1996). More »

ICI House: 61 Molesworth Street

17th November 2016

Stephenson and Turner‘s elegant Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.) House now stands in doubt, More »

Planners’ Screw-ups

17th November 2016

Ever wondered why the terminal is on the wrong side of the runway? More »