Build-to-rent is hailed in some circles as a solution to New Zealand’s housing crisis. In practice, there could be some pitfalls along the way.
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Increasing urbanisation means people will be living closer together which could be challenging for some. In post-earthquake Christchurch, community gardens show how connections can be forged and the power of community engagement.
As development in Aotearoa’s cities intensifies, so too does the need to encourage diverse building and living solutions. While cohousing remains a relatively niche housing model in Aotearoa, what could it look like if it was the norm?
Ian Pike, CEO of UDINZ, says that, while our natural environment is beautiful, the same can’t be said for our urban development. He imagines what life would be like if our cities were green, compact, diverse and connected.
Young Europeans enjoy the security of affordable city dwelling, while in Aotearoa New Zealand, housing is prohibitively expensive with few options. The difference lies with cooperative housing – a model that should urgently be introduced here.
The benefits of medium-density housing such as connectedness, a sense of wellbeing and diversity should be celebrated as we move away from mostly building stand-alone homes in far-flung suburbs. The key is well-designed developments done well.