Digital heritage

A heritage-listed building in downtown Wellington has been reconstructed for the digital age – fitting when you consider that the company that has just made it its new HQ is none other than Xero.


We live in a world where architectural (and all) imagery is ubiquitous. An image of a new building in New York screen-grabbed online on Monday can influence a design brief for a project in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. How do we ensure that we counter this homogenisation in our highly connected world? A valid response is to promote the appreciation and understanding of identity, and how it can be translated into built form to lend our work meaning and integrity.


Correlating design with the cultural identity and context is the only real foundation for authentic architecture. Everything else is academic, spatial and formal exercise – just architectural aerobics. Warren and Mahoney's Andrew Barclay discusses.


The construction industry produces massive amounts of waste, says Construction Information Limited, better known as Masterspec, CEO Rolf Huber. But, he says, New Zealand can be a world-leader in smarter, less wasteful construction that's still incredibly innovative.