Prompted by a Radio NZ programme (Tommy Honey, ‘Urbanist’, 22 September 2014), Ralph Chapman samples the range of interesting literature and journalism that has emerged in recent years about remaking cities to be more sustainable:
Seminar – Urban air quality: Relationships between urban form, pollutant behaviour and population health
Date: Tuesday 25 November, Venue: Adam Auditorium, ground floor, City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington, Time: 12.30 – 1.30 pm. Experts from Europe and New Zealand will discuss the latest research on ways to achieve sustainable improvements in air quality, with benefits for the health of urban residents.
There’s some upcoming international conversations on urban issues – a webinar on designing and planning for healthy cities and a conference on urban resilience and environment >>
We made a submission to Wellington City Council on the Wellington Urban Growth Plan. In it, we discuss housing (health, affordability, density, and what people in Wellington prefer), open spaces, Māori and urban planning, transport and parking, plus suggestions on specific aspects of the plan.
Multi-talented University of Otago medical students present (and sing about) their research on healthy housing in Wellington. Do families have the knowledge and power to improve their housing conditions?