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.
What’s driving urban change in your city? We held seminars and interviews in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington Region, Christchurch and Dunedin with researchers looking into issues of urban development, housing, transport and environment, and with political decision-makers who shape our urban life. Videos of the Wellington event and the Drivers of Urban Change report are now available to download.
At a time of rising house prices in our main urban areas, how can cities respond sustainably to what people want? We held a seminar on urban form and sustainability with speakers Ralph Chapman, Nadine Dodge, Pattern Reid, David Mitchell and Peter Matich.
What does ‘community’ mean in compact cities? How does the built environment impact on social relations? How does our age and stage of life shape these experiences? What are the key debates and issues? Looking to answer these questions, researchers have compiled a literature review of factors that enhance place-based social relations in compact cities. It is now available free to download.
The programme for the Energy Cultures Conference, 6-7 July 2016 in Wellington, is now available. The theme is “Sustainable energy futures: Understanding behaviour and supporting transitions”.