New Zealand’S first Urban Design Panel is already helping to improve the standard of development projects in Auckland City.
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The development of the former Hobsonville Air Base in northwest Auckland into a sustainable coastal community highlights the benefits of a comprehensively planned urban development that takes a partnership approach.
Land-use planning decisions are informed by science-based policy, preference-based politics and a free-market based economy. In New Zealand, this seems to have done more to stagnate land-use planning than guide it.
We can no longer afford to ignore the need for quality medium density multi-storey residential developments in our main centres.
A new take on traditional Maori accommodation presents the opportunity to ease urban housing pressure and help rebuild entire communities.
Māori urban design is an exciting new approach to urban development in New Zealand that comes from an awareness among planners and architects of the strong cultural, social and physical benefits it provides.
Heavier windows and drained and vented wall cavities mean loadings from windows are often offset from the timber framing. Recent BRANZ research checked that a modified support bar system can transfer the load back to the framing to prevent problems.
As the global cohousing movement takes root in New Zealand, collective housing groups are forming. There is great diversity, so interested parties should ask some key questions to find the right connections.
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.
The winning plan for a medium-density housing subdivision in Taupo models best practice urban design and challenges the conventional low-density urban form.
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