Can ugly buildings be heritage?

This question responds to the idea that ugliness Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 3rd September 2016
Under: Architectural History, Heritage, Heritage Buildings, HISTORY | 1 Comment »

Oxymoronic food: when design matters

The other day in the lead up to Easter I bought some hot cross buns.  At home I discovered they had been chocolatified.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23rd March 2011
Under: Comment | 2 Comments »

The power of paint

As any cyclist is aware, paint on a road can be a life saver, very scarey or simply humorous – as those travelling the shortest cycle lane in Britain would know. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 10th March 2011
Under: Comment, Transport, urban design | 6 Comments »

Invercargill leads the way.

Quite alot happens at the edges of our roads. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30th August 2010
Under: Comment, Exhibition, News, RANTING, urban design | 4 Comments »



Kerstin is the director of Melbourne based architecture, landscape and urban design practice Kerstin Thompson Architects. The studio’s projects of varying scale “pursue the poetic possibilities of architecture rendered through an overall site vision that orchestrates a complementary organisation of landform, interiors, structures and services to achieve a multidimensional and sustainable environment.”

To mark her appointment as a Teaching Fellow at the School of Architecture, Kerstin will present her body of work, and with reference to her experiences as an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, discuss relationships between the production and teaching of architecture.


Posted on 1st May 2009
Under: EVENTS OTHER, Lecture | No Comments »

from the Similarity Files – BHP Building, Melbourne

140 William Street (formerly BHP House), Melbourne, Australia
Architect: Yuncken Freeman, Skidmore Owings & Merril, 1967

Ok, so this one is probably more widely ‘known’ than the previous example that I raised of international works of architecture that bear strong resemblance to buildings that we might find on our own Wellington streets, but it is worth Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30th April 2009
Under: Similarity Files | 8 Comments »