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

Competitive Cities: A Decade of Shifting Fortunes

PwC recently released a report called Competitive Cities: A Decade of Shifting Fortunes. This investigated the economic competitiveness of ten New Zealand and Australian cities over the last ten years. They also produced summary documents for each city, including Christchurch. The reports focus on income and living costs, and how to maximise the difference between … Continue reading Competitive Cities: A Decade of Shifting Fortunes

Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop #3 – Rundown

On Monday night we had Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop #3. It really was just a workshop for the hardcore - it unfortunately coincided with extreme weather conditions, so kudos to the 25 or so hardy souls still willing/able to come out. We began with Glen presenting us an Avengers:Endgame inspired roadmap showing what material we … Continue reading Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop #3 – Rundown

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?