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Mural on a multi story car park depicting a multi story ar park

I’ve noticed a real move to creating more interesting public spaces, particularly car parks. Here in Christchurch, we’ve had to completely rebuild all the central city car parks after the earthquakes six years ago, and as many businesses return to city locations, the need for car parks has increased. Maybe in a few years’ time, ...

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Photo of the London Aquatics Centre built for the 2012 Olympics

Last Friday I attended a talk organised through ACC and given by Lawrence Waterman, OBE, about what we need to be looking at in New Zealand to improve our health and safety in the workplace. A highly-regarded international H&S specialist, Lawrence was Head of Health and Safety for the 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)– those ...

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Well designed open plan office with plants inside and plenty of windows overlooking trees outside

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to catch up with time management and productivity guru Robyn Pearce.  Robyn has been specialising in workplace productivity for more than 20 years and having seen various pieces she’s written during this time, I knew that should we ever cross paths, we would have much in common. When ...

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Melbourne street art sculpture, Deborah Halpern

I was recently over in Melbourne for a most enjoyable stay – I love Melbourne for its vibrancy, open spaces, use of art work, reclamation of the docklands area and, more recently, its alleyways. There was a fascinating insight into this reuse of alleyways on Andreas Dalgaard’s documentary, ‘The Human Scale’  which showed how urban ...

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I’m a big fan of green ergonomics. In my last post, ‘Green ergonomics, why bother?’, I shared research that shows how green ergonomics are good for your health and good for business. It’s really encouraging to see such a definite rise in awareness globally about the need to create healthy work environments and see the ...

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Old stone steps making access to a business premises difficult for disabled or elderly people

I have just returned from a trip to the UK to visit my 92 year old dad, who still lives on his own. Just before heading away I attended the inaugural Universal Design Conference, held up in Auckland and largely sponsored by the Auckland Council, (who are on a mission to make theirs the most ...

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