Going native right for Aotea Square, claims landscape architect

A native planting theme makes a nice, simple statement for Aotea Square, says landscape architect Rod Barnett.

Mr Barnett, part of the team that has come up with a proposed $25 million makeover of Aotea Square, yesterday hit back at criticism over the loss of flower beds and exotic trees.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Going native right for Aotea Square, claims landscaper – 06 Aug 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news.

A rare chance to get the Sydney’s waterfront right – smh.com.au

Whether called Barangaroo, East Darling Harbour or the historically evocative Hungry Mile, the site is Sydney’s greatest opportunity in a century to rethink the relationship between the city and harbour.

Read more @ the SOURCE: smh.com.auA rare chance to get the city’s waterfront right 

Planning should ‘steer away from cars’ – The Dominion Post

We should be thinking about re-organising our cities, suburbs, and the way we live, to become less dependent on the car, an architect says.

To facilitate this, the vast sums currently spent on roads, water and drainage should instead be used to redevelop towns and cities so people can live more sustainably, Johann Bernhardt says.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Planning should ‘steer away from cars’ – Greenzone – environmental news – The Dominion Post.

$400m windfarm approved

Otago Daily has reported that a $400m NZD ($295m USD) Mahinerangi windfarm proposed by Trustpower has been approved by the Environment Court.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Otago Daily

Public hold key to $25m city facelift – NZ Herald

Aucklanders have three weeks to comment on a $25 million plan to revitalise Aotea Square and turn it into the city’s premier civic open space, able to host events for 20,000 people.

Urban design professionals are divided over the draft plans for the square, which opened in 1979 and has been on the drawing board for a makeover since 2000.

SOURCE: NZ Herald – Public hold key to $25m city facelift (+photos) – 10 Jul 2008 –

Auckland a city in need of ambition – NZ Herald

Auckland is failing to fulfil its potential and needs to be bidding for ambitious projects such as the 2016 Commonwealth Games, says Ludo Campbell-Reid, the city council’s urban design champion.

Campbell-Reid, who was brought to Auckland two years ago by then mayor Dick Hubbard to give the city a cohesive design framework, has spent a month in London where normally sanguine Londoners are getting excited about the Olympics being held there in 2012.

SOURCE:  NZ Herald – Auckland a city in need of ambition – 06 Jul 2008 –

Auckland students win by sustainable design

Open to University of Auckland Civil and Environmental Engineering students, the competition brief was to re-design a system that reduces stormwater runoff and pollution in new housing developments, while contributing to good urban design.

The competition was jointly sponsored by the Auckland Regional Council, the Hobsonville Land Company – a subsidiary of Housing New Zealand Corporation – with support from The University of Auckland.

The proposed re-design area covered 25 hectares of land in north-west Auckland currently being developed by the Hobsonville Land Company, and was to “set new benchmarks for sustainable development” using a Low Impact Design (LID) approach.

The winning team were Alex Cheah, Jonathan Church and Andrew Hope. They received a prize of $1,500. Runners up were Jade Gibson, Rachel Kelly and Julia Wells, who received $1,000. The third place went to Nick Hohaia, Sam Reed and Leon West, who received $500.

SOURCE Scoop.com.nz: Auckland students win by sustainable design.

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