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Note: Post updated – refer down to the end. There’s been a lot of clamouring over on Scoop from various people all demanding that the Library is reopened forthwith, and that the Council stop mucking about with the secrecy over the Elwood report. The leaked snippets that we, the public, have seen so far include a range of options – for a 90% NBS strengthen and…

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Too good an opportunity not to write about: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s house for Mrs Farnsworth is once again under water, as the Fox River flooded yet again. So: not quite all at sea, as it is a river, but entertaining none-the-less. Seen like this, I think we can honestly say it looks twice as good. Here it is under construction – the purest expression…

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Wellington is hitting the road running, we hope, in an effort to get the economy restarted after our 40 days of sleepy time. We’ve all had a relatively pleasant break time, with lots of pyjamas, long walks amongst nature, increased observation of fantails, a fair bit of zooming in your undies and thankfully, not a whole lot of dying in droves from a scummy virus rattling…

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Wellington’s lucky in this respect I guess: although we have many tourists (usually), we have a few other strings to our bow, so to speak. We have a University or two, or three, we have a major regional hospital, we have a flourishing port that will probably survive the loss of cruise ships, we have (or had) several musical / concert / opera venues / theatres…

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The Eye of the Fish has always been advertisement-free. Maximus started it off that way and the rest of the writers that followed (including Leviathan) have been happy to continue in that vein. To me it is a pain in the arse to have to wade through adverts, either slipped into the text or as stand-alone separate advert spots. I employ ad-blocker software at home and…

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So, Tuesday morning we start to arise from our self-imposed slumber. The move from level 4 down to level 3 gives us the much-vaunted option of “Level Four plus KFC”, but this does give us a much wider range of nosh than just bits of chicken and gravy. Ironically of course, the “Wellington on a Plate for Takeaway or Delivery” website doesn’t list KFC as one…

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Further to the last Eye of the Fish post about the demise of Urbis et al, there has been movement about securing a more stable future for NZ’s flagship magazine for Architecture. That would be Architecture NZ, in case you are not aware, which is also the official Journal of the NZIA (at least, I think it still is). Definitely the flagship in printed magazine form….

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I love magazines – those that know me will know that I have quite a few at Fish World Headquarters – so it feels only right that I try to pen an obituary (OK, to keyboard it, stop being so picky), to the fact that our meagre Architectural Press in this country has just died. Well, almost everything. Where do we even start? The media has…

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Getting tired of all this endless Virus talking? So am I. Yes, yes, it is so much better to have the problem of getting bored with waiting for nothing to happen, than to have the problem of everyone dying, but still: time to look forward to something else! What will we do when we are in Level 3? It’s a place where I suspect that we…

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For those of us in the business, there is no doubt about this: construction work is an Essential service. Trouble is, at present, it is not being recognised as one by the otherwise excellent Government lockdown. Let’s look at what are classified as essential services at present: Hospital workers – doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, etc – yes yes and yes. We all need to live and…