Housing prices around New Zealand are a hot topic. One view is that if we build more houses, prices should come down. But what sort of housing at what sort of densities should we be building? And with the prospect of more housing, what sort of infrastructure will be needed? Ralph Chapman and Morten Gjerde discuss how to incorporate sustainability into our response to the housing crisis.
How did individuals and their communities respond following the 2010/11 Christchurch earthquakes? What has been learnt about how communities develop resilience, how they form, and the importance of house type and tenure in the wake of these events? We held a seminar on these questions with speakers Simon Kingham and Graciela Rivera-Muñoz. View the event video:
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.
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 >>
Do universities and polytechnics lead to better economic outcomes in their local city? Eyal Apatov and Arthur Grimes have just released their study which sees higher education institutions as a form of infrastructure – with the potential to improve local productivity and amenities, attracting people and jobs.