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Universal Design: 5 ways to improve accessibility in cities

“By the time you reach the age of 105, the probability of you dying starts to go down.”

  • 29 November 2018
  • Author: Editor
  • Number of views: 92
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Universal Design: 5 ways to improve accessibility in cities
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this from the Sapienza University of Rome shows that due to demographic changes, the new accessibility design codes are out of date by the time the ink has dried.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.

 

Building Strong, Affordable and Connected Communities!

Urban Development Agency 2 months away

  • 4 October 2018
  • Author: Duncan Ecob
  • Number of views: 321
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Building Strong, Affordable and Connected Communities!

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. 

Spatial Planning in NZ Rebirth?

Ernst Zollner Director Auckland MBIE presents at UDF AGM

  • 20 September 2018
  • Author: Kamelia Peneva
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Spatial Planning in NZ Rebirth?
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.


Living Around Te Tātua a Riukiuta

Landscape rehabilitation and urban redevelopment of Three Kings

  • 15 August 2018
  • Author: Graeme Scott
  • Number of views: 606
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Living Around Te Tātua a Riukiuta
Richard Reid has published an article on Fletcher Residential’s proposed redevelopment of Three Kings Quarry.

The article provides an overview of Fletcher’s design within the context of the historic volcanic landscape of Te Tātua a Riukiuta (Three Kings Volcano), the city’s plans for residential intensification and the expectations of the local community. 

Auckland Plan 2050 is now live

  • 1 August 2018
  • Author: Editor
  • Number of views: 461
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Auckland Plan 2050 is now live

The plan sets out three key challenges Auckland will face over the next 30 years – our high population growth and its various impacts, sharing prosperity across all Aucklanders and reducing environmental degradation.  It brings together Aucklanders’ shared objectives for prosperity in social, economic, environmental and cultural areas.  theaucklandplan.govt.nz


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