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Shifting sands at Oriental Bay

posted 11.19 in news.

Oriental Bay 1959

In the past 100 years the “rotunda” at Wellington’s Oriental Bay has been buffeted not just by wild seas, but also the less predictable winds of change. Shifting needs, mores, and economies have seen the structure reinvented several times, and it’s about to happen all over again.

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Hometown Boomtown

posted 11.11 in resources.

This TV documentary from 1983 guides us through the rapid changes in Wellington in the 1970s to earthquake proof the city, and build a motorway through it. Aside from the cheesy music, it’s pretty darn interesting for anyone with an...

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Christchurch Dreaming

posted 03.11 in news.

I’ve just woke up two hours early today from a dream that may have turned into a nightmare. I was living in Christchurch. Looking around me, a sizeable chunk of Melbourne’s architects were living there too. A few trams had made the...

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Italy wobbles

posted 04.09 in news.

It isn’t too much of a surprise that many medieval buildings fell over in this week’s earthquake in L’Aquila, 6.3 on the Reichter scale. What is surprising is the number of modern buildings that were also affected. The worst...

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