GLOBAL IN­FLU­ENCE

THE LO­CAL VER­SION OF GRAND DE­SIGNS GOES GLOBAL.

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The Bri­tish ver­sion of Grand De­signs is a hit, but not many ex­pected the New Zealand edi­tion to find an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence. But now the UK, Poland, Aus­tralia, Scan­di­navia and more are tun­ing in to New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture through the show. “It’s run­ning in eight or nine coun­tries now,” says the show’s host, Welling­ton-based ar­chi­tect Chris Moller. “It’s a big sur­prise.” Grand De­signs NZ’s sec­ond series is now on TV3, and Moller is rel­ish­ing his role as a front­man for in­no­va­tive de­sign think­ing. “Our gen­er­a­tion grew up be­liev­ing ar­chi­tec­ture is a so­cial ve­hi­cle,” he says. “I see it in the old-fash­ioned idea of a pub­lic ser­vice.”

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