urban design

Cycling and walking makes healthier NZ cities

A ground-breaking study of New Zealand’s six largest cities has drawn links between high rates of cycling and walking and their residents’ health.

Posted in health and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design on 25 August 2016 – 3:41 pm

Traffic-related air pollution: video and report

City residents are exposed to traffic-related air pollution, which affects respiratory and cardiovascular health and increases all-cause mortality. What does this mean for people in Wellington? Our medical students explore the issues in this video and report.

Posted in behaviour change and health and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 18 August 2016 – 12:52 pm

Cities of tomorrow – public panel discussion

What is the future for our cities? Kim Hill talks about the ideal green and sustainable city with French and New Zealand experts, including Philippa Howden-Chapman, director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities. Listen to the debate >>

Posted in news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 12 August 2016 – 4:14 pm

Affordability, sustainability, liveability: The politics of Special Housing Areas

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:

Posted in climate change and energy and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 18 July 2016 – 9:38 am

Video: Age friendly cities and walkability

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.

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and energy and health and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 24 June 2016 – 11:06 am