Design & Architecture

Alt Group generates algorithm-savvy branding for Auckland Art Gallery

Published in September 2011 on and

MoMA as a name might work well for New York’s Museum of Modern Art, but apply the same acronym theory to Auckland Art Gallery (AAG) and Alt Group’s Dean Poole reckons it would sound more like something “the cat would bring up”. No, according to Poole, having the consistent theme of ‘ART’ running through the redeveloped gallery’s new branding is much more effective.


Solar plastic bottle lamps provide lighting solution in Manila slums

Published in August 2011 on

Skylights are a great way to provide natural internal lighting, but installing them is expensive and if you live in the slums of Manila, you’d think it impossible. Not so. A group of innovative MIT students has found a solution by way of some old soft drink bottles, in a project they’ve called ‘Isang Litrong Liwanag’, meaning “A Litre of Light”.


Guitar-playing Apache finds animated online following

Published in April 2011 on and

Small Wellington-based commercial production company HoverLion, which specialises in animation, motion graphics and a touch of live action, has been creating a bit of an online buzz with a viral video that features a unique type of animation created by company co-founder Ned Wenlock.

Global detective and ‘Fast Company’ co-founder Alan Webber on why design is what makes change possible

Published in November 2010 on

When Alan Webber—the co-founder of uber-successful business magazine Fast Company—gives a talk on design, don’t expect any fancy PowerPoints. In fact, don’t expect a PowerPoint at all. A cardinal rule at Fast Company, he says, is that speeches aren’t allowed to utilise PowerPoint. But that’s just fine because Webber’s impressive professional track record stands him strong on his own, and the moment he opened his mouth as part of the NZTE Better by Design CEO summit, he had the audience captivated. The self-proclaimed global detective admits from the outset that he’s not a designer by training but jokes that he is married to a recovering architect.


What can you do with 1.4 million sq feet of toxic waste land?

Published in November 2010 on

Build an Olympic village, of course. Not just any Olympic village mind you. How about the world’s first ever sustainable Olympic village? That’s the precise task Canterbury University graduate Roger Bayely—who moved to Canada in 1967—was assigned with when his firm Merrick Architecture won the project brief. On a recent visit to New Zealand, Bayley elaborated on the mammoth and rather complex task of building the Southeast False Creek (also known as Millennium Water) Olympic Village in Vancouver.


Wellington’s rocky new addition surpasses rocky criticism

Published in October 2010 on

No, it’s not a pair of giant pumpkins or even a piece of anatomy belonging to the nether regions—as some earlier murmurings might have suggested. This is Wellington Airport’s new $60 million international terminal, officially opened by Prime Minister John Key today. Dubbed ‘The Rock’, it looks set to turn critics on their heads.