Climate change hazards such as erosion and flooding threaten many coastal communities. While we wait for new legislation to better enable adaptation, pressures for coastal housing and urban development are continuing within an inadequate planning and building framework.
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A new research project will look at international and local examples of how carbon emissions can be reduced in urban communities while also improving community wellbeing and functionality.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Urban living is a fact of life. It could be the reflection caused by the COVID-19 pandemic or climate change, but there’s a growing understanding that we need to green our cities. One development in Sydney has taken this idea and reached for the sky with it.
A new idea in urban design that puts people at the centre of planning has emerged – the 20-minute city. Now research at the University of Waikato is looking at New Zealand communities to see if this could be useful here.
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