At the UN’s Habitat III conference in Ecuador, world leaders and urban experts signed up to a New Urban Agenda, a blueprint setting global standards in sustainable city development. We love these two thought-provoking articles on the future of cities: Stern and Zenghelis on humankind’s great urbanisation; and Timon McPhearson and colleagues on how scientists must have a say in the future of cities …
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:
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.
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.