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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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.
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.
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.
With most of us now living in urban areas, we need to find workable solutions in the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable society and economy.
The winning plan for a medium-density housing subdivision in Taupo models best practice urban design and challenges the conventional low-density urban form.
The Stonefields and Long Bay ‘design-enabled communities’ aim to be more than just new suburbs. Fostering social interaction within high-quality environments, they are looking to create a legacy of enduring quality.