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.
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
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 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 –
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.
A PROPOSED urban village for up to 10,000 residents in southern Redland Bay is likely to be opposed by the new Redland City Council.
Councillors are considering changes to the city’s 20-year growth plans in the wake of an election that shifted the balance of power to candidates who promised to slow down development.
The State Government, which is ultimately responsible for planning, wants the new council to provide its views on growth by next month
SOURCE: Bayside Bulletin / The Redland Times – City may stop urban village
Glenmore Park, opened in 1990, was designed without consideration for public transport, an urban planning expert says. The bus company serving the area says it is difficult to manoeuvre around, and residents say buses are infrequent and unreliable.
Bill Randolph, from the City Futures Research Centre, at the University of NSW, said Glenmore Park was a classic example of a 1990s design of cul-de-sacs and small, bending roads. “The key thing is, it was never designed forpublic transport … It was assumed everybody would just be driving cars.”
read more @ the SOURCE: smh.com.au – They build a suburb, then find the buses don’t fit – National