The recently revised NZS 4404:2010 Land development and subdivision infrastructure is about building better urban amenity and places for people to live.
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Resident involvement was valuable in making the Talbot Park community renewal project a success, but more could have been done to ensure people understood the implications of low-impact design.
The Christchurch City Council has drafted the Central City Plan to guide the redevelopment of Christchurch urban core. The process highlighted the community’s passion to make Christchurch a great city once again – perhaps even better.
The landscape is more than just a complex natural system. It should be treated as part of the complex building support system, which can deliver a range of benefits.
An industrial site is the winner from an energy-saving project that will deliver cost savings and more.
Australia’s vulnerability to droughts, coastal erosion and temperature increases, along with its high greenhouse gas emissions, means it must take climate change seriously when looking at urban design for the future.
One of Europe’s largest ever regeneration programmes is underway in the run-down district of Elephant and Castle in southeast London. Aiming to create a whole new sense of place through innovative, high quality design, proposals include the Eco-towers – a vibrant, vertical village.
A lot of time and money is spent making our homes liveable, but more thought needs to go into designing neighbourhoods that work well for all our population.
Improving sustainability at a neighbourhood level has positive knock-on effects in the wider community, and Beacon Pathway research has developed some practical tools to assist in this process.
The quarter-acre section has always been part of the Kiwi dream, but the endless suburbs encircling our towns and cities are often a blight, not a blessing. As petrol prices rise along with land prices, it’s time to embrace city living.
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