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These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018

06:00 - 5 April, 2018
These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/theodevil/4970314282'>Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageViena, Austria
© Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageViena, Austria

For the ninth consecutive year, Vienna has placed first in Mercer rankings on cities with the best quality of life in the world. Despite the current economic volatility in the European continent, the Austrian capital joins eight other European cities in the top ten. 

Inside the Production of the Massive Miniature Models Used to Film Blade Runner 2049

08:00 - 20 November, 2017
Inside the Production of the Massive Miniature Models Used to Film Blade Runner 2049, Courtesy of Weta Workshop Design Studio
Courtesy of Weta Workshop Design Studio

You may not have guessed that the dystopian state of Los Angeles filmed in Blade Runner 2049 is a real place, just smaller. The scenes, from Los Angeles to the Trash Mesa and Wallace Tower were built to scale in Wellington, New Zealand by Weta Workshop, the massive ‘miniature’ sets were then filmed by cinematographer Alex Funke.

This Large Structural Frame is Made From Laminated Wood

08:00 - 26 August, 2017
This Large Structural Frame is Made From Laminated Wood, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

Warren and Mahoney Architects' design for the extension of Wellington Airport in New Zealand highlights the potential of using laminated wood in large-scale architectural projects.

The World's Most Expensive Cities in 2017 (And Why They Are So Expensive)

09:30 - 3 July, 2017
The World's Most Expensive Cities in 2017 (And Why They Are So Expensive)

Hong Kong tops the list of the world's most expensive housing markets relative to income, with Sydney, Auckland, Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco also making the list.

New Agreement Allows U.S. Architects to Earn Reciprocal Licenses in Australia and New Zealand

14:00 - 5 January, 2017
New Agreement Allows U.S. Architects to Earn Reciprocal Licenses in Australia and New Zealand, © The Shopping Sherpa via Attribution Engine. Licensed under CC BY-ND
© The Shopping Sherpa via Attribution Engine. Licensed under CC BY-ND

For U.S. architects, working abroad will now be easier than ever, as the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced a new mutual recognition arrangement with the licensing authorities of Australia and New Zealand. Effective as of January 1, 2017, the agreement allows architects to earn reciprocal licenses that authorize architects to work in the two countries.

2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards Announced

16:00 - 20 November, 2016
2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards Announced, Courtesy of New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated
Courtesy of New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated

The New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated has announced the winners of the 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards, which recognizes the best works by New Zealand’s architects. 

See 2015’s Best Public Toilets From Around the World

09:00 - 1 December, 2015
See 2015’s Best Public Toilets From Around the World, Stegastein Lookout. Image via DesignCurial
Stegastein Lookout. Image via DesignCurial

Now in its second year, DesignCurial has revealed the results of their annual “Top 10 Public Toilets” award, recognizing outstanding lavatory design across the world. The top 10 emerged as exemplars among over 1,000 public toilet designs, evaluated on “design, innovation and the relationship with surroundings”. “The aim of the list was to bring international design to the fore, especially unique architecture that may be overlooked due to the structure’s mundane stereotype,” said Katherine Houston, web editor at DesignCurial. “This list is well geographically spread, with distinctive designs emerging from Japan, Australia and the UK to name a few.” See the world’s best public toilets for 2015 after the break.

2015 New Zealand Architecture Awards Announced

16:00 - 1 November, 2015
2015 New Zealand Architecture Awards Announced, Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre / Patterson Associates. Image © Emma Smales
Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre / Patterson Associates. Image © Emma Smales

The New Zealand Institute of Architects has announced the 28 winners of the New Zealand Architecture Awards during an event at the Auckland Museum.

Studio Dror Designs Steel Sculpture for New Zealand Winery

16:30 - 27 October, 2015
Studio Dror Designs Steel Sculpture for New Zealand Winery, © Studio Dror
© Studio Dror

Studio Dror has been commissioned by Brancott Estate in New Zealand to design a steel sculpture inspired by the winery's history. The result, "a flat matrix of CorTen steel" that "stretches open to become a nine-meter-tall volume of aggregated triangulations." Named "Under/standing," the installation was inspired by the winemaking process. It will be built in 2016. 

Hundertwasser's Last Unbuilt Work Could Become a Reality in New Zealand

06:00 - 3 June, 2015
Hundertwasser's Last Unbuilt Work Could Become a Reality in New Zealand, A representation of the Hundertwasser Art Center in Whangarei's Town Basin. Image © Wikimedia CC User Steve Sharp
A representation of the Hundertwasser Art Center in Whangarei's Town Basin. Image © Wikimedia CC User Steve Sharp

The future of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's last unbuilt work -- a proposed Art Center for Whangarei, New Zealand -- hangs in the balance and will be decided next week by a referendum. The center, backed by the Proper Northland Trust (PNT), was originally designed in 1993 by Hundertwasser to repurpose a waterfront government building, but was never completed.

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