Falkirk’s big turn on

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Dr Kerry Rodgers ruminates upon revolutionary engineering in central Scotland   Tucked away in Bonnie Scotland, north-east of Glasgow, is one of the great...

Our Old Government Buildings

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British architect Andrew Waugh recently spoke eloquently on national television as to the virtues of wood, specifically when it comes to rebuilding Christchurch. ...

Beijing’s Beaut Birds Nest

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Dr Rodgers takes a gander at the auspicious centrepiece of China's 2008 Olympics   Its image has appeared in newspapers and on television for...

Wairakei celebrates 50 years

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In the 1950s New Zealand was desperate for electrical energy. A succession of droughts had found the country’s much vaunted hydro-electric generation capacity wanting....

Eyeing you up

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They do things differently in England’s north. Up in Newcastle-on-Tyne they have a plethora of bridges crossing the river on which the city is...

Worcester’s Hive

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Dr Kerry Rodgers considers how a splendid appearance does not always match practical usage. In one of my more sardonic moods...

The world’s largest greenhouse

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The world’s largest greenhouse is the brainchild of Tim Smit. He wanted a way of showing the connection between plants and people. The upshot...

Getting glassy-eyed in Cairns

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In June 2009 the Cairns Regional Council conducted a limited competition for the design of a new visitors centre for the Cairns Gardens. Among...

The Politics of Kulture

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Charlemagne’s imperial Palatine Chapel at Aachen, Germany, is perhaps the single greatest example left to us of the cultural renaissance that swept Western Europe...

Yurt 4 U?

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In Old Turkic, yurt is the homeland, the dwelling place. For the nomadic people living on the steppes of Central Asia, it described their...