August 2013

NZ government emissions target for 2020 inadequate

Leading climate policy and science experts say the Government’s announcement on Friday (overshadowed by earthquakes) is markedly inadequate and disappointing.

Posted in climate change and NZ policy issues on 19 August 2013 – 10:28 am

New book: Homes people can afford

We are celebrating the launch of our new book – Homes People Can Afford, edited by Sarah Bierre, Philippa Howden-Chapman and Lisa Early. This book offers viable and exciting options which, in combination, could house New Zealanders in homes they can afford.

Posted in health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and urban design and urban governance on 17 August 2013 – 4:19 pm

Are we turning the corner on global sustainability? Peter Newman

We held a lunchtime seminar with Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and lead author on IPCC’s transport chapter, and Bridget Duley of Wellington City Council. The first signs that the green economy is happening are now showing that we can decouple environmental impact from economic growth. View the presentations and listen to Peter Newman’s interview on Radio NZ:

Posted in climate change and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban governance and video & audio on 15 August 2013 – 10:00 am

Urban growth management in seven new world cities – Errol Haarhoff, Lee Beattie

We held a lunchtime seminar with speakers Errol Haarhoff and Lee Beattie from the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, and John Hutchings of Wellington City Council. What implications do urban growth strategies have for achieving high quality urban design outcomes in our cities? View the presentation:

Posted in news & events and NZ policy issues and research and urban design and urban governance on 10 August 2013 – 9:13 am

Film: A Place to Stay – Salisbury Garden Court

New time – 4:30pm, 14 September: The Film Archive is screening a film by Marie Russell of the Centre for Sustainable Cities. A Place to Stay is a documentary that explores the relationship between urban design and a sense of community through the unusual social history of Salisbury Garden Court in Wellington.

Posted in behaviour change and housing & building and news & events and urban design on 5 August 2013 – 9:11 am