Building the Street of the Future; The New Suburban Regeneration; and Improving Design Quality through Design Review are the three specialist subject topics to be discussed in the panel sessions at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference being held in Wellington 14 to 15 May.
Building the Street of the Future
A partnership between the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the Smart Cities Council and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia, ‘Future Street’ was built to explore the necessary design responses to issues like autonomous vehicles, smart city
technology urban agriculture and urban landscape imperatives.
Chaired by the Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Adam Beck, the lead design team members will present a playbook on how to create a design concept and implementation plan for a multi-disciplinary and multi-sector approach to reimagining the street of the future.
New Suburban Regeneration
Leading panel members from Isthmus and Homes, Land, Communities (HLC), Duncan Ecob will Chair this presentation on Northcote, a case study on delivering new homes in
existing communities to meet the demand of our expanding urban population. The panel will discuss how a multi-agency approach can future proof, regenerate and invigorate existing neighbourhoods. Issues to be explored include how can neighbourhoods evolve and retain their existing communities whilst restructuring them; and what social and community infrastructure is needed for existing and new communities to be an integrated whole.
Design Review Panels
This panel session includes representatives from Auckland Council in addition to Wellington and Christchurch City Councils discussing the effectiveness and relevance of design review panels as a tool to improve urban design outcome. Chaired by Lisa
Dunshea, Manager Design Review Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council, the panel members will discuss whether the regulatory framework empowers or hinders; what is needed to make a step change in the quality of development; and how can design review panels help guide a ‘kiwi urbanism’ that reinforces the local identity of communities.
Supported by the Wellington City Council and the Urban Design Forum, the conference includes 10 feature speakers and up to 50 concurrent session speakers, networking events and study tours in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. Full Conference Program available. To register visit www.urbanismnz.co.nz