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how design interventions have impacted our public realm
UDF's debate pitted some of the built environment industry’s best and brightest against one another in a public-private contest on the effectiveness of Urban Design in the past 15 years to create better environments in New Zealand with the proposition being: Urban Design: The Panacea we had hoped for?
The idea of the event was to deliberate what has happened in the field of Urban Design since the Urban Design Protocol was released in 2005 and how these design interventions have impacted our public realm.
Access for Everyone
The Auckland Planning Committee voted unanimously for an innovative project that will pedestrianise the Auckland City Centre on 27 November 2018.
The Access for Everyone is a bold project that will reshuffle the priority of CBD road space to different transport users.
“By the time you reach the age of 105, the probability of you dying starts to go down.”
New research data such as this from the Sapienza University of Rome shows that due to demographic changes, the new accessibility design codes are out of date by the time the ink has dried. We are living for longer, re-entering the work force after retirement, setting up new businesses in our sixties, doing post graduate studies in our seventies, and so on. Today we are “actively ageing”. The data on the needs of our changing population is clear. In the next 10 years the New Zealand population over the age of 65 will increase from 16% to 20%. Therefore, the provision of accessible assets in our urban environments will need to increase. Here I recommend five ways we can improve accessibility in the built environment, so we are future-ready.
Urban Development Agency 2 months away
The Hon. Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), spoke on Building Strong, Affordable and Connected Communities, at the AKLGrid Friday 28 September 2018. His key messages were:
The challenge of affordable homes is at the heart of city progression
The need for integrated transport and community design and planning
The need for better design in neighbourhoods, homes and the public realm.
Ernst Zollner Director Auckland MBIE presents at UDF AGM
It looks like the spatial planning stars have aligned. We are currently sitting in the perfect position to deliver change in our urban environments and following UDF’s AGM Ernst Zollner talked us through what this would mean for New Zealand.
He began his talk by explaining that the key theme to his presentation would be ‘hope’. Namely, new hope for urban design and planning, enabled by the changing political tide which took place a year ago. Having a minister responsible for Housing, Transport and Urban Development all in one, was a key step in accomplishing this. And this strongly resonated with a lot of the messages we heard at the UrbanismNZ conference from earlier in the year.