June 27, 2016

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Reclaiming the Laneways

During the 20th century of car-dominated movement, when streets grew wider and motorways fuelled suburban expansion, some smaller streets were completely forgotten. Traditionally providing access to the rear of buildings, these narrow lanes, or laneways, present a unique opportunity to extend, diversify and provide some inner city magic to the public realm.   Leftover from […]

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May 25, 2016

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Density done well, not just downtown

Forget the binary of apartment tower or single house. This won’t deliver choice or affordability for Auckland. Embrace instead what has been missing: medium density options of low rise apartments, terraces and semi-detached housing interspersed with gardens and parks. A diversified housing stock across the city is crucial for a sustainable and successful Auckland.  Current […]

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April 26, 2016

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Grow your own leafy green Auckland

The practice of adorning buildings with plants has been around for a long time. Modern green roofs were pioneered in Germany in the 1960s, and vertical planting has been around in different forms for centuries. Most notably in the last two decades green architecture, also known as ‘building integrated planting’ (BIP) has expanded and diversified. […]

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March 23, 2016

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Is your home designed to meet several life scenarios?

  When designing your home there are a number of things to think about: budget, site orientation, sun, natural lighting, aesthetics, style, heating…the list goes on. One key consideration is often forgotten: over your lifetime how well will your house adapt to your and your family’s various ages and stages? Will it be a home […]

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February 22, 2016

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Seeking a designer?

Client desperately seeking designer… Think of your search for a designer as being on par with your search for a life partner.  After all, at the close of your  relationship your design partner won’t just leave behind their old CDs and a few unwanted socks – they will leave you with the blueprint for your […]

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