February 2010

For whom the city? Housing and locational preferences in NZ

Nick Preval, Ralph Chapman & Philippa Howden-Chapman This chapter of Sizing up the City reports on a survey which found that most people (54%) think that urban limits are necessary so that cities develop more sustainably (15% disagree). By 2 to 1, New Zealanders thought councils (rather than market forces) should have the key role in defining the limits of the city.

Posted in housing & building and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 24 February 2010 – 12:33 pm

Climate change & human health: Impact & adaptation issues for New Zealand

This paper summarises the likely impacts of climate change on health, globally, but focuses on adaptive measures that might be undertaken in New Zealand.

Posted in climate change and health and research on 22 February 2010 – 7:50 am

Book launch: Sizing up the city

On 16 February 2010 we launched ‘Sizing up the city: Urban form and transport’. The book collects and expands on papers presented at the February 2009 Summer School.  It includes the latest research and thinking on sustainable transport and our built environment as well as experiences from councils trying to create more sustainable cities.

Posted in health and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 19 February 2010 – 8:39 am

New research shows New Zealanders want and need better planned cities

Many New Zealanders want more and better inner-city housing, even if those with kids generally want a bigger house, further out. And Kiwis don’t want urban expansion to continue unchecked. There is strong support for councils limiting urban development, promoting the quality of urban centres, and providing better conditions for the walker and the cyclist.

Posted in housing & building and news & events and research and transport and urban design on 15 February 2010 – 12:30 pm

Growth Misconduct?: Presentation videos

View presentations by the researchers behind the book ‘Growth Misconduct? Avoiding sprawl and improving urban intensification in New Zealand’.

Posted in housing & building and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 10 February 2010 – 4:10 pm