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Joining the dots on urbanism

Options for the future shaping of New Zealand’s cityscapes received a thoughtful examination at the Urbanism New Zealand conference on 14-15 May.

  • 29 May 2018
  • Author: Stephen Olsen
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Joining the dots on urbanism
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.

Fixing NZ’s cities: a vision of our urban future

Fixing NZ’s cities: a vision of our urban future
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”.

Urban is the answer: The life’s work of Jonathan F. P. Rose

  • 17 May 2018
  • Author: Stephen Olsen
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Urban is the answer: The life’s work of Jonathan F. P. Rose

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.

Timely reminder about 'urban agenda'

  • 8 May 2018
  • Author: Stephen Olsen
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Timely reminder about 'urban agenda'
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.
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