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At the same time as Phil Twyford is sitting down with Government officials to nut out how to operationalise the new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development he also has two sets of proposals on better frameworks for urban design to add to the mix.
As added to the UDF blog this week the organisers of Urbanism New Zealand 2018 have released five proposals based off the back of a post-conference workshop of 22 delegates. The proposals seek:
Media Release: Urbanism New Zealand 2018
Last month’s national Urbanism New Zealand conference – the first event of its type and size since 2005 – has given rise to a statement paper calling for the establishment of a national urban design committee.
Conference spokesperson Gerald Blunt says the purpose of the committee would be to help shape a “national programme of making better places through design”.
Blunt says a post-conference workshop took what was learnt at the Urbanism New Zealand event, attended by more than 200 people, and distilled that into the main problems that have been produced by poor planning and urban management over many years in New Zealand.
“Collectively the workshop delegates believe that New Zealand’s ability to develop resilient towns and cities, to a world-leading standard, is dependent on good urban design to generate positive effects for the natural environment, the economy and public health.”
Options for the future shaping of New Zealand’s cityscapes received a thoughtful examination at the Urbanism New Zealand conference on 14-15 May.
When the last conference of this type and size took place 13 long years ago, also in Wellington, the then Prime Minister, Helen Clark, described that event as “a good sequel” to the launch of the 2005 Urban Design Protocol
– a groundbreaking initiative for its time, but one that has languished since.
An undercurrent beneath Urbanism New Zealand’s diverse presentations was that we again need to pick up the pace and direction of change in our urban environs. Indeed, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford’s opening words
were that it couldn’t be a more timely event.
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.
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.