Tagged: building

Crowding out - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 10, 2018

You should always worry at least a bit about whether a government programme crowds out some other private sector initiative. A state-provided daycare centre could crowd out existing private providers. A welfare programme could crowd out existing charitable programmes. And government house-building schemes could crowd out private development. The mechanism for crowding out is simple if you spend a few … Read More

Auckland Unitary Plan – mapping building restrictions - The Dismal Science

Aaron Schiff Aug 08, 2016

Auckland Council has published the geospatial data for the version of the Unitary Plan recommended by the Independent Hearings Panel. I thought I’d use this to take a quick look at the recommended plan’s provisions for protection of things like character and heritage. In the Herald on Friday, Don Stock wrote about the Auckland Unitary Plan (UP) … Read More

The problem with reinforced concrete - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 20, 2016

By Guy Keulemans, UNSW Australia By itself, concrete is a very durable construction material. The magnificent Pantheon in Rome, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, is in excellent condition after nearly 1,900 years. And yet many concrete structures from last century – bridges, highways and buildings – are crumbling. Many concrete structures built this century will be … Read More

Five years on – perspectives on the Christchurch economy - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Feb 22, 2016

This week saw the  fifth anniversary of the most destructive of the thousands of earthquakes that have hit Christchurch and its neighbouring areas since September 2010. Christchurch is “home” to me. I haven’t lived there for decades, and don’t suppose I will again. But almost all my wider family live there, and my ancestors for 150 years or more have lived in … Read More

Christchurch earthquake, buildings and acceleration maps - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 29, 2011

Just released by the Royal Society of New Zealand today (June 29th, 2011) is an information paper The Canterbury Earthquakes: Answers to critical questions about buildings (PDF file, 718kb). It’s well worth reading - not just for those in Christchurch, but anyone in earthquake-prone areas in New Zealand or elsewhere, or the merely curious. Read More

Universities – Central City or Suburban? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds May 16, 2011

As various plans are proposed for the rebuild of Christchurch, there is a push from some sectors to move the University of Canterbury back into the central city. Now I don’t know about you, but I have always found central city universities such as Auckland and Otago to be quite frustrating. It’s hard to find parking, when you do find … Read More