What I think Christchurch will be like in 2030?

This post first appeared at Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with permission. Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10. Neil Armstrong Christchurch’s Southern motorway (pictured) and Northern motorway will be finished by the end of 2020. Christchurch is … Continue reading What I think Christchurch will be like in 2030?

MaRTI: Executive Summary

This post first appeared at Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with permission. Vision To create a new exemplar neighbourhood for Christchurch at the Middleton rail yards with a passenger rail transport hub at the heart of the development, where residents can take pride in their livable, walkable, connected, affordable community and help fulfill the … Continue reading MaRTI: Executive Summary

Passenger rail & housing: MaRTI

Over the course of the year, the CHAT Club (Canterbury Housing and Transport) has held five public workshops on passenger rail & housing. A broad range of people have participated in these and voiced what sorts of things they want to see happening in Christchurch in this space. Over the last couple of months we've … Continue reading Passenger rail & housing: MaRTI

Christchurch’s Hand Shaped Rail Plan

This article first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with permission. Christchurch has a well defined spatial problem but it lacks a well defined spatial solution. See the paper Christchurch’s Future is a Fat Banana for further details The spatial problem is that 55% of future residential growth is planned to be outside the … Continue reading Christchurch’s Hand Shaped Rail Plan

Free Car Parking is not a Solution for Growing Christchurch

This article first appeared at Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with permission. Christchurch needs to help itself before the rest of the country will help fund its public transport needs. Transport planner Axel Wilke’s proposal to mitigate the predicted 30% increase in St Albans and inner-city motor vehicle traffic that the Northern Arterial Motorway … Continue reading Free Car Parking is not a Solution for Growing Christchurch

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!