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Work on the biggest transport investment programme in Wellington's history
Contribute to making our city a safer and lively place!
Multiple fixed term roles available
It's a hugely exciting time to be working in Wellington for the capital's city council - with the major LGWM (https://lgwm.nz/) city - shaping programme underway!
Senior Urban Designer
The Senior Urban Designer will champion a 'design led' approach, advocate and apply best practice for high quality design processes and urban design outcomes. You will be leading and delivering design direction and integrated place making solutions from concept to delivery across a number of public space and transport projects throughout Wellington.
Applications close 21 July 2020.
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Independent Hearing Commissioner
Auckland Council is seeking candidates for the role of Independent Hearing Commissioner for the next term, 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2023.
Independent commissioners are responsible for making decisions on a range of resource management matters including applications for resource consents, plan changes and notices of requirement. Candidates must hold the Ministry for the Environment’s Making Good Decisions’ accreditation.
The Government is spurring the national recovery in traditional kiwi fashion; by building transport infrastructure.
The COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-Track Consenting) Bill
delivers the resource consents for six large projects in the National Land Transport Programme of Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency. This 'fast-track' is similar to the rail rebuild following the Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquake. The National Land Transport Programme is an existing programme to construct and upgrade the transport network nationwide between 2018-2021 and refreshes every three years.
how can we design better public spaces?
In the process of re-urbanising our cities to be more suited for people, public spaces have become a key component of many regeneration and redevelopment schemes. Active public spaces are a vital ingredient for liveable cities, thriving economy and socially cohesive society. To improve the quality of public space design, place-making principles of human-centred design and stakeholder engagement are increasingly being advocated. There are many place-making design guidelines and books on how to design spaces that are meaningful, adaptable and well-used. However, something doesn’t seem to be working. Shopping streets are continually redeveloped to re-invigorate them and initially popular shiny new public spaces turn into places-less spaces after a few years, despite including everything communities have requested? What is it that we are missing when designing public realm, and how can we design better public spaces?
“What are the key ingredients in building a successful and sustainable city?”
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.