At the UN’s Habitat III conference in Ecuador, world leaders and urban experts signed up to a New Urban Agenda, a blueprint setting global standards in sustainable city development. We love these two thought-provoking articles on the future of cities: Stern and Zenghelis on humankind’s great urbanisation; and Timon McPhearson and colleagues on how scientists must have a say in the future of cities …
We held a seminar with Laurence Murphy, Ralph Chapman, 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? View the event video:
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.
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.
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.