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Urban Resilience: Lessons at Newport Beach, CA

“What are the key ingredients in building a successful and sustainable city?”

  • 3 July 2019
  • Author: Richard Voss
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Urban Resilience: Lessons at Newport Beach, CA
I recently visited Newport Beach in Southern California to see whether entrepreneurial heritage, tempered exclusivity and resilience can be successfully coupled in order to establish a unique urban brand.

Captain Samuel S. Dunnells winged an entry into the South Californian dangerous harbour in 1870. On hearing this the Irving brothers agreed to found a port here and called it simply “New Port”. The settlement became a lively commercial port with fishing and shipbuilding. The MacFadden Brothers, among others, saw housing opportunities and created some artificial islands in the harbour waters. One Island was called Balboa was connected by a bridge to the mainland and by a small car ferry to the peninsula, which still operates today. This is a highly sustainable measure as it reduces driving times around the peninsula to the North.

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: Richard Voss
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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this from the Sapienza University of Rome shows that due to demographic changes, the new accessibility design codes are out of date by the time the ink has dried.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.

 

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