The Eye of the Fish




Prince Rogers Nelson, androgynous funkster, talented musician, sexy motherfucka, and the soundtrack to my life, has died, aged only 57. We all thought it was bad enough to have Bowie and Rickman pass away so early at 67, just a month or two back, but for Prince to pass on to the afterlife a whole [...]


Zaha no more?


It is April 1st, still, and yet this is not an April Fool joke – sadly, tragically, one of the world’s most influential architects, Zaha Hadid, has died at age 65. And yes, she was also a woman. She was also British, phlegmatic, born in Iraq, educated at the AA in London, and reputedly an [...]


Pukeahu Park design confirmed


There has been a surprising move in the stoush over the design of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Skate-boarding Park. Although this blog has been a bit quiet recently (or half dead!), readers of more mainstream media may have picked up on the story that the original landscape architects of the park, Wraight Athfield, have [...]



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I’ve just spotted a trailer for a film that is opening today in the UK – not sure when it will come here – a production of the “unfilmable” JG Ballard novel. High-Rise. Hiddleston. Barbican. Shanghai. Brunswick. Wheatley. What’s not to like? Trailer is here: And a very good review of it, here: Looking forward [...]

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Skye Duncan – global city goddess


We’re incredibly lucky to have with us today a veritable goddess of global city design, Skye Duncan. She’s talking today (Friday) at 1.30 at OPUS in the Majestic Centre and then at 3pm at the School of Architecture. You need to book – but Wow – she is totally worth it. If there is someone [...]

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Shift Design – Tanzania

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We’ve come across this project, by Wellington-based students, for a really worthy cause. Designing a building in Africa is one thing, and these ex-Victoria students have won a competition to do just that. Now they have to go ahead and build it. And they are raising money to do so – with your help they [...]


Keep an eye on this


As summer continues it’s blazing trail across the Wellington region, this blog site has been a bit sleepy too – but got woken up with a jolt recently, as a direct challenge was fired across the bows of the architectural profession. From a headline in the NBR, and Dom Post, an article caught my fish [...]




Nearly a month in, Eye of the Fish makes a return. I feel refreshed and reawakened, by an excellent evening presentation from Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig, at the City Gallery. What a lovely guy! And refreshing way of presenting too, instead of all me, me, me, he mainly let his work do the talking, while [...]

Gordon Wilson flats


The hearing on the future of the Gordon Wilson flats is in it’s last day, and opinions over the building and it’s possible future are varying widely. “Specialists” viewpoints are widely opposed, of course, and currently the “developer” Maurice Clark’s opinion that the building would be like a “turd covered in glitter” is getting some [...]