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
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?
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!
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?
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?
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
Our Space 2018-2048 is currently out for consultation here. This is a plan prepared by the Greater Christchurch Partnership, which is made up of people from Ecan, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council, Ngai Tahu, NZ Transport Agency, Canterbury District Health Board, Regenerate Christchurch and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The … Continue reading Our Space 2018-2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update