What city are we talking about? – KiwiBuild article misuses population statistics

This post first appeared on TraNZport and is republished with permission. Yesterday there was an article in The Press about whether KiwiBuild should even be a thing in Christchurch. The gist of the piece is that property developers think the Christchurch property market, unlike Auckland and Wellington, is doing just fine, thank you very much, … Continue reading What city are we talking about? – KiwiBuild article misuses population statistics

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

What Makes Cities Tick?

A few months back I saw an interesting thread of tweets written by Kent Lundberg, an urban designer who has been a big part of the revival of the Auckland city centre in recent years. I think it's a neat wee summary of what makes city centres tick. I took 3 points out of this: … Continue reading What Makes Cities Tick?

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?

Do we Really want to Swap our Small Apple for a Fat Banana?

A few days ago, Brendon Harre wrote an article that looked into the future of Christchurch, and included proposing several options for rapid transit in Christchurch. The whole article hinged on the idea that Christchurch was currently shaped a bit like a "small apple' (a compact circle), but that it was growing to the north … Continue reading Do we Really want to Swap our Small Apple for a Fat Banana?