In 2018 the 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings comes to Wellington, New Zealand, with an overarching theme of housing sustainability in urban areas. Date: 19th – 21st November 2018 Venue: Wellington School of Medicine Conference Centre, University of Otago, 23 Mein St, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Monday, 19 June 2017 Associate Professor Ralph Chapman was lead author of a Victoria University of Wellington-led study which suggests that despite strong goals adopted by Wellington and Auckland, the cities still have a way to go in reducing carbon emissions from transport.
We held a seminar with speakers Nadine Dodge and Kain Glensor. Transport is a huge contributor to total carbon emissions in New Zealand so it is an obvious area to focus on if we want to become a low carbon economy. But to what extent do central government transport policies support climate change mitigation? And why has it been so difficult to achieve cuts in carbon emissions in the transport sector? View the event video.
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.