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Fixing NZ’s cities: a vision of our urban future

Fixing NZ’s cities: a vision of our urban future
Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Transport, described a clear vision for the future of New Zealand’s cities at the Urbanism New Zealand Conference on 16 May 2018 in Wellington.

After stating that New Zealand is an urban nation, Minister Twyford recognised that the country has never truly embraced urbanity. He noted the increasing struggles with homelessness, cold damp homes, traffic gridlock, unaffordable housing, social isolation, and crumbling infrastructure “reflect our collective failure to understand how cities work and invest in their success”.

Urban is the answer: The life’s work of Jonathan F. P. Rose

  • 17 May 2018
  • Author: Stephen Olsen
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Urban is the answer: The life’s work of Jonathan F. P. Rose

The world of knowledge about cities that Jonathan F. P. Rose brought to the outcome driven Urbanism New Zealand conference on 16 May 2016 via video-link when he spoke about developing communities of opportunity has been deeply explored and distilled in his 2016 book The Well-Tempered City.

Ahead of UrbanismNZ, UDF member Stephen Olsen spoke with Rose and in this article presents an extended précis of highlights from his book.

Timely reminder about 'urban agenda'

  • 8 May 2018
  • Author: Stephen Olsen
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Timely reminder about 'urban agenda'
A column published in April on Stuff by urban writer Jane McArthur served a timely reminder that 'the times they are a-changing' under changes in policy direction being set by the new coalition government.

UDF's Submission on the Draft Auckland Plan

  • 17 April 2018
  • Author: Graeme Scott
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UDF's Submission on the Draft Auckland Plan
28 March 2018

The Urban Design Forum supports the main thrust of the Plan, particularly the ongoing commitment to compact, efficient and well-designed patterns of growth and development.

We further support the integration of economic and social issues into the Auckland Plan, but note the danger in this holistic approach is that the Plan loses focus on the spatial and physical aspects of planning.  It seems that, in part, the Plan is merely documenting current spatial initiatives rather than setting a clear strategic direction for implementation in the post-Unitary Plan era.

So the first main question is:  What is the big idea driving Auckland into the future?

An evening in Rauora Park

A visit to new the Christchurch central city residential development

  • 28 February 2018
  • Author: Jeanette Ward
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An evening in Rauora Park

On a hot Thursday evening earlier this month, the Canterbury branches of the Urban Design Forum and Transportation Group NZ met at the north end of the East Frame.  The East Frame is one of the Anchor Projects being delivered by Ōtākaro Limited on behalf of the Crown.  The East Frame will be a new residential area in the heart of the city built around Rauora Park.

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