What drives urban change in New Zealand? How can our cities and towns provide a desirable, prosperous, socially inclusive, healthy and environmentally sustainable way of life? Drivers of Urban Change is a new report from NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities, edited by Lisa Early, Philippa Howden-Chapman and Marie Russell. It is available in print from Steele Roberts or download Drivers of Urban Change PDF edition.
Out now from our researchers – how improving the built environment, such as retrofitting houses or designing streets to encourage cycling and walking, can have significant impacts on our health and well-being.
Michael Keall and Ralph Chapman speak about our new study showing that the Model Communities Programme, which provided government funding for walking and cycling in two NZ cities, has been successful in stopping the general decline in healthy, active travel. Sarah Free discusses Wellington’s progress on cycling infrastructure.
The type and quality of transport networks in an urban area have a large impact on quality of life for residents, and are a critical element in supporting future sustainable development and a low-carbon economy. So we made a submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council on the draft regional land transport plan.
We have a great new programme for the February 2015 Public Health Summer School, with seminars on sustainable urban transport, climate change, and affordable housing. Start the new year with a day of inspiration and learning. Register by 19 December and get an earlybird discount.