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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.”
Auckland same same but different? insights from a North American Study Tour
An excellent, informative and entertaining DIY study tour of North American cities exploring how they have addressed the issues that Auckland is facing both now and in the near future, as it continues to grow and prosper. Tamara was focused on the manner in which these cities have succeeded in shifting the travel modes towards walking, cycling and public transport and how this contributes to their ‘liveability’ . She posed the question of whilst they may be similar issues, are the cities the same as Auckland, can we learn from how they have addressed and to some part succeeded or are we too different?
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.
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”.