The Fat Banana Submission

This first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is published with permission. On Tuesday the 26th of February I explained my Fat Banana analysis and its implications to the committee for the Greater Christchurch Partnership. They are considering the wider city’s settlement pattern and spatial plan. I believe I received a good hearing. Committee members … Continue reading The Fat Banana Submission

Japanese urbanism and its application to the Anglo-World

The political battle for middle class voters in many Anglo-world countries is moving onto the housing front. Many different urbanisation models are being considered. Tokyo in particular is gaining a lot of attention. Sound starts from the 1.15 min mark Liz Truss a UK Conservative junior Minister is a big fan of Tokyo urbanism as … Continue reading Japanese urbanism and its application to the Anglo-World

Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 2

Yesterday I wrote that hydrogen trains are beginning to emerge as a genuine option for long-distance trains in New Zealand. Part 2 of this series further explores how we might solve the problem of needing to store electricity when the wind's not blowing. According to the Wide Spread Adaption of Competitive Hydrogen Solution -Nel Hydrogen … Continue reading Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 2

Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 1

Steam trains signalled the start of the carbon era. Will hydrogen trains signal its end? This article was first published on Brendon Harre's blog and interest.co.nz, and has since had some updates. The world’s first hydrogen train is now in service — Engadget New Zealand’s goal of being zero carbon by 2050 is like ‘crossing a river … Continue reading Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 1

Good State Builders Are Hard To Find!

Finding someone to lead the building of 100,000 affordable homes is a big ask. This article first appeared at Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with permission. New Zealand has a system of government where elected government Ministers do not directly employ staff for their departments. Ministers produce policies as a result of electoral outcomes … Continue reading Good State Builders Are Hard To Find!

What if Tradies Preferred Trams to Utes?

This post first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is published with permission. What would it mean for a city if builders of new housing were able to take trams (or trams big brother trains) to work? It would mean public transport was built first. It would mean planners and developers had master planned neighbourhoods … Continue reading What if Tradies Preferred Trams to Utes?

Christchurch’s Future is a Fat Banana

This post first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with his permission. Christchurch is evolving from a small apple to a fat banana. https://medium.com/land-buildings-identity-and-values/greater-christchurchs-future-the-fat-banana-aba0402f16a4 This month the public can submit on the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS). This is a review of land use planning for Greater Christchurch. There is a draft … Continue reading Christchurch’s Future is a Fat Banana