Tagged: construction

Little future houses on the prairie - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 12, 2018

There’s plenty of innovative thinking around building houses, but less so about communities. I’ve been writing a series of blogs on the future of construction for the industry transformation initiative. They’ll be appearing on their website over the next few months. There’s a lot going on in the housing and construction field. It’s not just about increasing … 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

Pre-Designing Your Lab for Sustainability - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Aug 15, 2011

VUW Coastal Ecology Lab A short time ago I was reading this article in the R&D Mag online. Titled ’Pre-designing your lab for sustainability’ it makes a number of relevant points when thinking about laboratory design. Although it appears to be aimed at university type projects the points it makes is certainly relevant to all laboratory facilities of all … Read More

More Power, Less Acceleration - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Mar 16, 2011

Lyttleton's Time Ball Station from the Stuff web site Just a quick update today, following on from the theme of the last post, and the horror of the devastation Japan is now experiencing. With the NZ government announcing a Royal Commission of Enquiry into the building collapses in Christchurch, it has been interesting to observe people’s perceptions, from politicians all … Read More

How Building Standards Have Changed - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Oct 04, 2010

With the recent events in Canterbury and Invercargill it looks like the building standards in NZ will again come under close scrutiny. The suitability of our standards is a valid question and response, especially when our knowledge has recently been increased by the Earthquake and the collapse of the Invercargill sports stadium roof. The first design standards for earthquake loadings … Read More

Fit for Purpose? - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Aug 05, 2010

This recent article on The Herald web site highlights how careful we all need to be when trying to contain things in a secure laboratory environment. While I don’t know the specific details of this particular facility or the event that was investigated, it does highlight that the success of any laboratory is the interaction between the buildings features … Read More

Leaky Buildings — Part 2 — What we now know - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Jun 08, 2010

Following on from my blog on Leaky Buildings – Part 1 -and how we got to where we are, this blog covers some of the science and research that has gone into the building industry as a result. At this stage I must point out that there are other people with specialist areas of knowledge and research, in what … Read More

Leaky Buildings — Part 1 — How did we get here. - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins May 20, 2010

With the government announcing it’s (our) package to help solve the leaky homes crisis this week, it has brought the spotlight back onto what is now a highly emotive subject. While the emphasis is rightly on getting peoples homes safe and fit to live in, it should be remembered that the leaky buildings problem is wider spread than just … Read More