Growth Misconduct?: Presentation videos

View presentations by the researchers behind the book ‘Growth Misconduct? Avoiding sprawl and improving urban intensification in New Zealand’.

Kathryn Scott (Quicktime movie, 32 MB)

Landcare Research/ Manaaki Whenua, Social Researcher, Sustainable Settlements
Residents’ perceptions of intensification
This presentation is based on ethnographic research in Glen Innes, a suburb in Auckland targeted for intensification. Medium density housing is providing state tenants with affordable, low maintenance homes and an improved sense of safety and community; intensive tenancy management is critical to this success.

Ian Cassels (Quicktime movie, 31 MB)

Director – The Wellington Company
The Cost of Everything and the Value of Nothing
How often when faced with the cost of a project do we quickly respond “we can’t afford that”? How often did we, instead ask, what is the long term benefit and value of the project? Whilst it is often true that we are guilty of a number of poor spending decisions we completely lack the tools to evaluate the long term benefits of intensification and for that matter, location.

Andy Ralph (Quicktime movie, 63 MB)

Manager Environmental Policy or Adele Hadfield Strategic Planner, Tauranga City Council
Working on overcoming community resistance – The Tauranga Experience
Tauranga City faces a challenge in accommodating around 30% of the forecast, sub-regional urban growth to 2051 by way of intensification of established residential areas. This is to implement the agreed sub-regional growth strategy called SmartGrowth. This is requiring a complete relook at how we approach planning from the technical, political and community building perspectives.

Karen Witten (Quicktime movie, 43 MB)

Massey University – Assoc. Professor – Shore (NZCSC)
Intensification, housing affordability and families: learning from the Auckland CBD
Housing and transport costs are key factors that influence the residential location choices made by families, and they explain the rapid increase in the number of children living in cramped apartments in the Auckland CDB. But while such apartments offer advantages of affordability and convenience there are downsides for children and their parents living in dwellings, complexes and neighbourhoods not designed to meet their needs. Housing in the Auckland CBD is an example of laissez-faire planning, raising questions about its social sustainability.

Yvonne Weeber (Quicktime movie, 36 MB)

Senior Analyst, New Zealand Urban Design Protocol Ministry for theEnvironment
The Urban Design Protocol and its influence on towns and cities growth
The New Zealand Urban Design Protocol was launched in 2005 with signatories making a voluntary commitment to undertake specific urban design initiatives. This presentation examines the recent research that shows how the Protocol has improved the understanding of urban design and has influenced current urban design frameworks and statutory documents.

Helen Viggers (Quicktime movie, 28 MB)

New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities
Mortgagee sales and density
The spatial distribution of mortgagee sales across New Zealand cities, between 2000 and mid 2009 was examined. The changes in location over time period, corresponding to both a real-estate boomand rising transport costs may reflect future patterns of value.

Pengjun Zhao (Quicktime movie, 32 MB)

New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, Post Doctoral Fellow
Mapping and visualizing urban form: urban intensification analysis for New Zealand cities
Urban intensification is one of key issues for local carbon management as it has influences on community energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions. This presentation reports the results of urban density analysis for major New Zealand cities.

Michelle Thompson-Fawcett (Quicktime movie, 67 MB)

University of Otago, Assoc. Professor, School of Geography
Fuzzy Futuring; Danish Distinction
The presentation considers current international debates on technical and governance issues regarding intensification and compact cities. It illustrates some aspects of these debates via a case study of innovation in peripheral settlement development in a Danish suburban setting that is contextually similar to the New Zealand situation.

Billi-Giles Corti (Quicktime movie, 85 MB)

University of Western Australia, Winthrop Professor/Director, Centre for the Built Environment and Health School of Population Health
Increasing densities in cities: How do we maximize benefits and minimize harm?
There is recognition globally that to accommodate a growing population and to build more sustainable cities, land use will need to be intensified and housing densities increased. However, to produce the best outcomes, thought needs to be given to how to build higher density housing, with the aim of maximizing community-wide benefits and minimizing unintended consequences. This talk considers factors that influence optimizing higher density housing and highlights areas that require further research.

Mayor Prendegast’s introduction (Quicktime movie, 27 mb)