Seminar on Affordability, sustainability, liveability: The politics of Special Housing Areas

You are warmly invited to a free seminar with speakers Laurence Murphy, Nick Preval and Ed Randal. Special Housing Areas are an important policy response to rising house prices and concerns about housing affordability. What are the implications for urban planning and growth, urban policies and politics, and environmental sustainability? Date: Thursday 11 August, Venue: Adam Auditorium, ground floor, City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington, Time: 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm.

Posted in climate change and energy and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 18 July 2016 – 9:38 am

Drivers of urban change: Public seminars in Christchurch and Wellington Region

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 – Arthur Grimes, Philippa Howden-Chapman, Guy Salmon, and Simon Kingham – and decision-makers who shape our urban life, mayors Lianne Dalziel and  Ray Wallace. We are holding free seminars (all welcome) in: Wellington Region: 4 August. Christchurch: 17 August.

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 15 July 2016 – 2:46 pm

Video: Age friendly cities and walkability

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? Gil Penalosa and Caroline Shaw talked about these questions at our seminar, now on video.

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and energy and health and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 24 June 2016 – 11:06 am

Neighbourhood renewal in Europe and New Zealand

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. See the video >>

Posted in housing & building and news & events and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 17 June 2016 – 2:06 pm

A healthy future for Wellington’s bus fleet

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.

Posted in climate change and health and NZ policy issues and research and transport on 1 June 2016 – 12:50 pm

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