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October 11, 2010

In Japan, a country with a land size comparable to that of New Zealand and a population some forty times greater, space is certainly at a premium. Land values are incredibly high and property owners have to work to wring the most value they can out of impossibly small plots. The Tokyo-based architecture practice Atelier […]

October 4, 2010

The fact that tourism is one of our largest industries means it is inevitable that we often cross paths with some of its less attractive side-effects. On a sunny day in Wellington it often feels as though we can’t move for the throngs of the Kathmandu-clad German couples who inundate the waterfront with their unremitting […]

September 27, 2010

I’m stanky rich, I’ma die tryna spend this shit Southside’s up in in this bitch, Yeah I smell like the vault, I used to sell dope, I did play the block, Now I play on boats In the south of France baby, St. Tropez Get a tan? I’m already black Rich? I’m already that 50 […]

September 20, 2010

“As twilight approached, he reclined in his plywood cubby, illuminated by the glow of the spare bulb and his humming laptop, searching eBay for Salinger first-editions. (And no, he didn’t miss her. Not one bit.)”—Unhappy Hipsters Anyone who has experienced house envy as they flick through the pages of glossy interiors magazines such as Dwell or Wallpaper* […]

September 13, 2010

What is a dyke? Well Jimmy, to put it bluntly, rather than a pejorative term for a lesbian, a dyke is in fact an artificially-engineered construction that works to prevent flooding in areas of low-lying land. Usually earthen, these dykes (sometimes referred to as levees, from the French lever, “to raise”) run parallel to the […]

September 6, 2010

Like the Boys: The Architecture of Comme des Garçons The relationship between fashion and architecture may seem surprising to many, given the ephemeral (and somewhat superficial) nature of the former, contrasted with the percieved durability and permanence commonly attributed to the latter. Unlike a lot of clothing, a building is not easily tossed asunder when […]

August 16, 2010

Architecture students are a peculiar breed. Those who have had previous run-ins with the illusive kids from the Te Aro campus will no doubt be aware of the strange hours and habits they seem to keep as they run themselves into the ground for the sake of their craft. In light of such devotion, it […]

August 9, 2010

Arirang—North Korean Mass Games are the illest North Korea fascinates me. A country of contradictions and frightful distortions of fact, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is also home to the world’s largest display of coordinated gymnastics in the world. The Mass Games, or Arirang as it is locally known, takes place annually in […]

August 2, 2010

“Earthquakes don’t kill people, it’s buildings that kill people.” —Dr Geoff Thomas, Victoria University School of Architecture Get ready, so you’ll get through. We’ve all seen the ads and seem to know the story—we’re in for the big one, right? Within the space of a minute, the ground will split into a cavernous fissure, indiscriminately […]

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