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Reclaiming the Laneways

June 27, 2016


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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Public art, community, and what can we learn from Chicago?

November 30, 2015


Public art is one of those ephemeral terms that can include many things from large-scale outdoor sculpture and murals, to street performance.  According to Mary Jane Jacob, public art done well can have very tangible benefits for local communities. In her presentation at an Auckland Conversation she raised a challenging question to our city: “What is […]

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Keeping Our Elders Close…

July 7, 2015


After my grandfather died, to everyone’s surprise, my grandmother happily moved into an old folks’ home five minutes’ drive from the house she’d lived in for half a century. She was a sociable creature who adored arts and crafts, and group activities in general, and leaving her home was nothing compared to her still active […]

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5 Things To Consider With Small-Scale Subdivision

March 20, 2015


Here’s another video about the Newell Street project, as seen on The Block TV series.  Here the architects present their five key steps to consider when approaching small-scale subdivision. 1) Review the constraints of the site. To get the best value from the site make sure you consider issues such as solar orientation, the relationship with the neighbouring houses and […]

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Subdivision and Home Design Go Hand in Hand

March 11, 2015


Ever wondered why next door’s window is looking directly into your living space? Why the neighbours home casts your deck in shadow for most of the day? Is your house supported by an impressively high retaining wall? Did you find that the driveway ended up paving over much of the precious green space around your […]

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