Heritage vs Seismic – Who wins?

Welcome back to work, and welcome to 2013. It’s going to be a big year.
Why? Well, apart from the battle for the soul of the city – flyover proponents vs those who favour something else (read more here), there is also going to be a shake-up in the Building Code over the issue of Seismic strengthening.

Yes: MoBIE strikes again – submissions are called for on the issues of What should we strengthen, How high is the new strengthening level, When do we have to strengthen it to, and lastly but certainly not leastly – Who pays for the strengthening? Check out and download the document at this DBH/MoBIE site. Closes 8th March – you have 2 months for your comments. To help you on your way, let’s discuss them briefly here. The proposals are: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 8th January 2013
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Does the NZTA scheme measure up?

We’ve already begun discussing issues relevant to the Basin, particularly through blog posts … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 14th July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues | 3 Comments »

Wellington 2040: A smart green city – a “freakin fantastic” idea

Image by Phillip Capper

This post is really just a heads-up for those of you who don’t keep up with the Dom-Post (and let’s be honest, they don’t really offer much reason to do so), but here is an article (via stuff.co.nz) that should have some interest for our members:

Wellington 2040: A smart green city

Although I recommend you read the article for yourself, the basic gist is that WCC have prepared a Central City Strategy that recognises the central city’s role as the heart of Wellington, and seeks to devise a central city framework that recognises and further develops that role. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 16th June 2011
Under: News, urban design | 8 Comments »

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
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Just Manners …


Just as Manners Street is being ripped up (with the sort of silliness which means that the sunny side of the street will have the smallest width of footpath) it’s perhaps timely to have a think about the role the road has played in Wellington’s history. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 16th August 2010
Under: Architectural History, HISTORY | 13 Comments »

SuperLink – Transport 2000

We’ve recently been given a copy of the SuperLink proposal by Transport 2000, which was a well thought-out proposal for Light Rail transport in Wellington. All rights are reserved to the original authors : Daryl Cockburn, Brent Efford, & Kerry Wood for Transport 2000, and the Inter-Professional Group. We are very grateful for the chance to publish this scheme again, and get some more publicity for the Light Rail concept.


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Posted on 14th July 2010
Under: HISTORY | 9 Comments »

Primo Supremo: architectural justice?

Opened this week with princely aplomb, the symbol of New Zealand’s self-sufficient justice system, ironically begins its life with Royal approval. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 25th January 2010
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