New Zealand has galleries a plenty to frequent when it comes to showcasing visual art, but the work of architects and other design disciplines have been underserved – until now, with Objectspace. And with national conversations around urban planning and housing a hot topic, its expansion couldn’t be more timely. We chatted with director Kim Paton about her vision for the gallery’s new space.
The head of the country’s umbrella tech organisation says it’s boom time for both its organisation and the industry in New Zealand. NZTech now has more than 400 tech companies on board from across the country and has expanded its board, but what else is needed to grow the industry? The government’s recent investment into digital education is a start, says Vend founder and OMGTech! co-founder Vaughan Rowsell.
New Zealanders have long been known for their love affair with the sea, but owning a boat is seen as an expensive exercise for most. Tauranga-based boat design company Hallmarine Design has come up with a solution: its Purekraft boats, which are flatpacked kitsets, a bit like IKEA furniture, making them far cheaper to ship around and easier to construct.
Seeing as though the Social Enterprise World Forum is coming to Christchurch in September, crowdfunding platform Pledge Me is gathering a list of New Zealand's social enterprises. Its goal is to provide exposure for all of the Kiwi social enterprises improving New Zealand and further abroad.
It’s no secret that Aotearoa has the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world, with initiatives to solve this being hotly debated. Friends and creative minds Jenny Palmer and Evie Kemp hope their new book, Feel a Little, will lay the groundwork early on teaching the younger generation it’s okay to feel and speak up about their emotions.
It’s a rare sight to see a human out in the world without a phone somewhere on their person. Technology may have changed our lives for the better in a lot of ways, and yet, most are in agreement that we are addicted to technology – and Irresistible author Adam Alter says that we may not have quite grasped the dangers of this yet.
With the champagne no longer flowing and the celebrations winding down, the time has come to seriously consider Auckland’s prospects as the host city of the next America’s Cup. What needs to be done to its design to ensure the CBD is an exciting, innovative space for visitors to flock to from the world over? We reached out to several architecture and design firms to see if they had any ideas up their sleeve.
The 2017 World Architecture finalists have been announced and Aotearoa has made a strong showing, with nine New Zealand architectural practices securing spots as finalists. Here's some aesthetically pleasing images of the buildings that made the cut.
GirlBoss founder Alexia Hilbertidou, who is 18 years of age, has been working to get more girls into STEM careers the past two years, with almost 8000 women now members of the GirlBoss network. Now, her efforts to increase diversity in tech have scored her an invite to be the youngest person to go on a mission with NASA for its SOFIA project.
You may have seen the latest beauty craze of people slathering their teeth in activated charcoal to whiten them, but the usefulness of the thick, black substance extends beyond beauty trends. Wellington-based Refil has designed a charcoal drink bottle filter that can be used to remove chlorine and lead from tap water, promoting the refilling of bottles and less waste going to the landfill.