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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: 176
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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: 178
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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


A new town square for Takapuna!

The Panuku proposals are out for consultation - we welcome your comments

  • 1 August 2018
  • Author: Duncan Ecob
  • Number of views: 184
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A new town square for Takapuna!
A new town square, adding around 3000sqm of public space for the community, has been proposed for 40 Anzac Street.

This is a great opportunity to showcase good urban design principles of connectivity, activity, mixed use and high quality public realm as a driver for increased economic, social, cultural and environmental  activity in one of Auckland's great centres. In supporting the proposals UDF is encouraging better use of our existing urban environment and creating a wide variety of opportunity and choice for our communities. 

For more information, including a panoramic tour, click here

UDF welcomes and invites your comments

https://www.panuku.co.nz/takapuna

UDF's Submission on the Draft Auckland Plan

  • 17 April 2018
  • Author: Graeme Scott
  • Number of views: 521
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UDF's Submission on the Draft Auckland Plan
28 March 2018

The Urban Design Forum supports the main thrust of the Plan, particularly the ongoing commitment to compact, efficient and well-designed patterns of growth and development.

We further support the integration of economic and social issues into the Auckland Plan, but note the danger in this holistic approach is that the Plan loses focus on the spatial and physical aspects of planning.  It seems that, in part, the Plan is merely documenting current spatial initiatives rather than setting a clear strategic direction for implementation in the post-Unitary Plan era.

So the first main question is:  What is the big idea driving Auckland into the future?

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