What a difference a year makes

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How has life changed for Mitchell Coll after the high of winning one of the most coveted architectural awards in the country? In this week’s defign blog we check in with 2017’s SUPREME ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Award winner to see what a difference a year makes.

FEASTA! Food and Architecture

FEASTA! Food and Architecture add

From Friday 19 to Monday 22 October, 27 venues across Christchurch city will host events exploring the ways that food plays an important role in our urban fabric. With 54 events forming FESTA’s 2018 programme – this year is the festival’s biggest event ever.

Back to basics

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Modern architecture is getting back to basics with a burgeoning renaissance of historic, earth-centred building techniques and materials. Take clay, for example. Used in a myriad of ways for thousands of years, this humble building material has sheltered communities in the harshest of climates for generations. In fact, archaeological evidence suggests that clay tile roofing has been used since as far back as 10,000 BC.

A sixties icon finds its feet in the 21st century

A sixties icon finds its feet in the 21st century add

The sixties were a distinctive epoch, ushering in an iconic architectural typology and rooms furnished in the ‘contemporary’ style, heavily influenced by Scandinavian interiors and Danish design. Contemporising a sixties design with all its charming idiosyncrasies is no mean feat, but Colin Davis of Davista Architecture was up for the challenge with his ADNZ award-winning project ‘Motiti Reserve’, a major renovation project.