161: A Fitbit for your home

Imagine having a Fitbit for your home and being able to see, in real time, how it’s performing. You could also be notified of any hazards like high levels of CO2 and VOCs as they occur – before you start to get a headache or start having respiratory problems. I spoke with Dustin Jefferson Onghanseng, cofounder Read More …

129: Vastu Architecture

This week I discuss Maharishi Vastu Architecture with Jon Lipman. Where ancient philosophy comes together with modern science to make spectacular and enriching buildings. Links http://www.maharishivastu.org/principles-of-maharishi-vastu-architecture http://www.maharishivastu.org/text-book https://www.facebook.com/MaharishiVastu http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/users/jonlipman http://jlipman.com/

AURO Eco Paints

When we renovated our house in Christchurch, we wanted to make it warm, comfortable and healthy. Pulling up old carpet to reveal beautiful hardwood timber floors was all the rage, and so was polyurethane. But I’d heard that polyurethane isn’t healthy and this concerned us because we were about to have a baby in the Read More …

Earth Building

When she was 16, Verena Maeder came to New Zealand from Switzerland for a working holiday and fell in love, but not with a kiwi. Verena fell in love with earth buildings. So much so, that she returned to Switzerland and started training as an architect with the specific goal of learning how to design Read More …

Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood

It was a privilege to talk with Robin Allison about her journey of creating and growing Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood. Robin turned to architecture as a choice of profession because she saw how powerful and important good architecture can be. I find this incredibly inspiring, and I’m not even an architect (although this thought makes me seriously Read More …