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You are warmly invited to a seminar with speakers Barbara Israel and Tamsin Mitchell. Exposure to air pollution is linked to asthma and cardiovascular and respiratory disease, lost work and school days, and adverse birth outcomes. Air pollution is a long-standing concern for residents in Detroit, Michigan, who disproportionately experience high rates of environmentally-related diseases, especially those living in poverty and people of color. How can academics and communities partner to tackle these issues and improve the health outcomes of communities? Date: Wednesday 9 May 2018 Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm Venue: Adam Auditorium, City Gallery, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington
Associate Professor Ralph Chapman recently completed a commissioned policy paper for the Ministry of Transport. In this exploratory ‘thinkpiece’, Ralph examines access from various angles, and considers how valuable a concept it is in considering the urban environment today and in future. He considers aspects of the land use planning system under New Zealand’s built environment planning legislation, from the perspective of urban economics and sustainability. Ralph focuses on urban accessibility issues because the vast majority of New Zealanders live in cities and towns, and the challenges of ensuring access are rather different in cities. Access the paper here
We held a seminar with speaker Mark Southcombe. As home ownership becomes more unaffordable people are looking for new ways of living. Cohousing or collective urban housing is a new model of shared housing that has sparked growing interest at grass roots level in New Zealand and internationally. Video coming soon.
An independent report A Stocktake Of New Zealand’s Housing was released this week. Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities along with Alan Johnson of the Salvation Army and economist Shamubeel Eaqub wrote the report which was commissioned last year by Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford. The trio were tasked with assessing the whole housing continuum from home ownership and private rental to state housing and homelessness. Their report finds that the housing crisis the country faces is deeper and more entrenched than previously revealed.
A review of the inclusion of environmental and social costs in transport appraisal frameworks in four Anglophone countries, please read: Framing Mobility Investment Transport investment and carbon emissions in four Anglophone countries, please read: Investment for sustainable transport