Dwelling with Gaia

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The primary concern here is with so-called earth houses, aka earth berms, as opposed to rammed-earth or earth-sheltered homes. Earth homes are set...

Ashburton’s enduring clock tower

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  The next time you have cause to drive through Ashburton on State Highway 1 take a turn across the central rail line. If driving south,...

Holcim’s Timaru Dome

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In October last year the ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the Port of Timaru for Holcim New Zealand’s new $50 million cement...

Tekapo’s astronomical analemma

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Dr Kerry Rodgers has clearly been out in the midday sun for far too long . . . Analemma: a plot or graph...

The pyramid that Imhotep built

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Some 4600 years ago, Imhotep designed and supervised construction of the world’s first large-scale, cut-stone tomb. It was Egypt’s first pyramid. Today it still...

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid: 1950-2016

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Architect Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31, aged 65. Her subsequent obituaries have generated as much controversy as did her life works. Royal Institute...

Raurimu’s twisting spiral

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The date: 1898. The problem: How to achieve a workable climb for New Zealand’s main trunk line from Taumarunui to the summit at National...

Christchurch’s Hagley Oval Pavilion

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A southern-style stoush had been sparked when New Zealand was chosen, along with Australia, as host for the 2015 World Cricket Cup. Post-quake Christchurch...

A tale of two churches

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Dr Kerry Rodgers has a South Canterbury epiphany Christchurch’s Anglican Cathedral and Catholic Basilica were not the only Canterbury churches to suffer damage from the...

Hundertwasser’s heating plant

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Hundertwasser is one of few that could convert a garbage-fuelled power plant into a work of art, one that is now a major tourist...