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.
The benefits of higher density environments are worth pursuing as they give us more choice, argues a student of architecture.
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.
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.
Research has assessed the plans to step back upper storeys of buildings and break up city blocks in Christchurch with courtyards and lanes to improve environmental and energy performance.
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.
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.