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A Westport Renovation

Westport Flooding

Earlier this year the West Coast of the South Island was hit with a one in 100-year flooding event.

Two hundred homes in the town of Westport were deemed uninhabitable.

One of these is the home of the mother of our Design Partner, Henry, at Gud Collective.

Luckily Henry and a team of builders are on the job down there renovating the home.

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A New Hope

The first Star Wars movie was rebranded from simply Star Wars to Star Wars: A New Hope, when it became clear that this was only one movie in a much wider universe. It provided context.

The announcement last week that a New Ministry of Disabled People (name to be finalised) similarly provides a focal point that is designed to improve the lives of disabled people by having a purpose-built Ministry.

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Lifemark® Design Partner; Common Sense or Common Practice?

Solarchitect Ltd, a Christchurch based company focused on design for residential and commercial architecture projects, have recommitted as a Lifemark® Design Partner.

We asked Russell Devlin, registered architect and Director of Solarchitect Ltd, why?

“At Solarchitect, we’re not perfect either, but we remain a Lifemark® Design Partner to remind ourselves that we can do better and take inspiration from what should be an industry standard design process.

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Human Architecture

The Guggenheim Museum in New York, by Frank Lloyd Wright

Ron Mace coined the term Universal Design in the 1980’s but the history of architecture tells us that many architectural pioneers understood the changing nature of the human condition and used this to influence their designs. Ron Mace took this a stage further and expanded it to the built environment, but a look through history tells us that human architecture is not new.

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Is Universal Design sustainable?

The goal of making the world a better place as a result of your actions means that we should question all activities against this high tide mark.

In my spare time, I have worked over the last 10 years on the Assurance panel of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

The panel provides an independent review of an accreditation process for businesses and destinations and by doing so it promotes and manages global standards for sustainable travel and tourism.

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Lifemark June 2021 Newsletter

Our May 2021 news edition can be read…here…


In this newsletter, Geoff helps us define What is an accessible house? 
Feature article : 

Stuff NZ and accessible housing
Lifemark® on the airwaves!
Aussie Rules for UD in Housing 
What is the process to get a home Lifemark® certified?

Goodbye to our departing CEO David Matthews 




Click here to read our May newsletter

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