The Eye of the Fish

strava Desire

An alternative cycle route


Seeing as the WCC and the NZTA seem to want us (the public) to be discussing possible alternatives and pros / cons of the Cycling Masterplan, I thought that I might, as a starter for 10, offer up a little alternative. To me, the info provided by Strava is insightful, especially concerning where cyclists ARE [...]


Government does something right, at last


The government took a (in my humble opinion) well overdue leap last night, and announced some decent funding for urban cycleways. Wellington, having at last got its act together, was included. More on this later, but for now, here is the official announcement: “In 2014, the Prime Minister announced $100 million additional funding for the [...]


Wellington office building


I’m very excited to see that work is really going ahead on the replacement for BP House in Wellington. As a city, we’ve been a little quiet for the last few years – the Dom’s reporter got it a little wrong when he said no new building had been built for the last ten years [...]

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Infill housing


The announcement last week of Ian Cassells’ latest infill housing scheme is an interesting development. Cassells has talked about his City Blox idea before, with a demo unit parked at Shelly Bay, and proposed them for Christchurch. But this time they are coming to the St James. Mixed reactions ensued. Cassells is one of the [...]

The Fish, the whole Fish, and nothing but the Fish

Architectural Criticism – the Eye of the Fish needs new blood


If we lived in a perfect country, with perfect weather and perfect people, in a perfect economy governed by a perfect society, then there’s no doubt in my mind that we would also have a chance at some perfect buildings. But we don’t. We do not live in a perfect climate – it rains, it [...]


2001 in 2015


I’ve been wanting to write about Thunderbirds for the last few weeks, but last night I had a cosmic experience. An out of this world, out of my body, out of my head experience. Yes indeed, for the first time since heaven knows when, I went to see Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of film making: 2001 [...]


New Zealand cut off from Capital


Well, yesterday was an interesting day! Rain by the bucket load, but not enough resilience to handle it. Yes, there was apparently 8 times more rain than normal, and enough water landed on our streets in half an hour to equal a normal rainfall for a month, or something like that, but still – it [...]


Strengthening relaxed


The rules for strengthening time-tables may be relaxed, but I’m not sure if I am… I’m not sure if this the result of a carefully planned out Government policy, or if it is just Nick Smith blowing off steam: the two seem closely related. The way that the media report it, the policy seems to [...]




As our glorious leader starts to return home to beloved motherland, please to make good satisfaction with homage to prime interest of glorious leader in all fullness. Red is not favourite colour of glorious leader, but after this, maybe? Even Iggy getting jiggy wid it. Stranger things have happened. Some nice. Some not so nice. [...]