What if walking, bicycling and public transport, instead of roads and highways, were at the heart of urban life? What if we started evaluating our cities based on a simple “8 80” rule: ensuring the safety and joy of children and older adults (from 8 year olds to 80 year olds) are at the forefront of our decision-making? How can we improve the quality of life for people of all ages amidst large demographic shifts? We invite you to hear Gil Penalosa answer these questions and to hear Caroline Shaw talk about how the policies, programmes and funding at city level create environments that promote or inhibit inhabitants from cycling and walking. Date: Tuesday 5 July, Venue: Adam Auditorium, ground floor, City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington, Time: 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm.
We held a seminar on neighbourhood renewal. Philippa Howden-Chapman and Karen Witten showed outstanding examples of low-carbon urban renewal in Europe, and drew parallels with NZ urban developments, including housing and smarter street design.
The Future of Wellington’s Bus Fleet is a new Centre for Sustainable Cities policy paper by Lucia Sobiecki and Ralph Chapman. It looks at a strategy for upgrading Wellington’s buses that is economical, environmentally sustainable, and healthy for people.
Philippa Howden-Chapman is Director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities and He Kainga Oranga / Housing and Health research programme. She spoke to OurAuckland about Auckland’s housing challenges and the hidden cost of our unhealthy rental homes.
What’s driving urban change in your city? We invite you to hear from researchers looking into issues of urban development, housing, transport and environment – Philippa Howden-Chapman, Guy Salmon, Jonathan Moores, Ralph Chapman, Biddy Livesey, Simon Kingham, Karen Witten, Arthur Grimes, and decision-makers who shape our urban life – Dave Cull, Lianne Dalziel, Penny Hulse, Julie Hardaker, Ray Wallace. We are holding free seminars in these cities (all welcome): Wellington Region: 4 August. Christchurch: 17 August.