Planners’ Screw-ups

Ever wondered why the terminal is on the wrong side of the runway? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 17th November 2016
Under: HOUSING, RANTING, Transport | 1 Comment »

Wellington Mayoral Candidates Respond

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ARCHITECTURAL CENTRE: 2016 questions for Wellington mayoral candidates. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 13th September 2016
Under: Heritage, Heritage Buildings, HOUSING, Transport, urban design | 3 Comments »

History Repeats: The Tale of the Hunter Building

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The current story of the Gordon Wilson Flats is perhaps not too different from that of the Hunter Building in the 1970s and 80s, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27th August 2016
Under: Architectural History, Heritage, Heritage Buildings, HISTORY | 1 Comment »

My favourite modernist building … Puaka-James Hight and Matariki

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In a culture that favours surface over substance, and visual sensation over bodily sensation, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23rd August 2016
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My favourite modernist building … State Insurance Building (former)

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William Gummer (1884-1966) was one of New Zealand’s greatest architects Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 16th August 2016
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RIP Ath’

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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Posted on 16th January 2015
Under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

For Sale by tender: CLASSIC MEDITERRANEAN HILLSIDE HOME

Actually, neither a classic, nor Mediterranean, but I guess Real Estate Agents run out of descriptors fairly quickly when a house doesn’t have conventional character appeal, nor potential to stamp your own personality on it (via the insatiable kiwi attitude for DIY of course). “Outstanding views” (back across the harbour to Wellington City) are of course the opening words of the ad’s script – the house does at least offer something that can be recognised as value-enhancing in a conventional sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 12th May 2010
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