Urban Case Studies

We have two CASE STUDIES Sessions at the 2018 Urbanism New Conference. The first will include the following:

  • Vinegar Lane – a NZ urban intensification case study
  • The South Frame – an urban designer’s regeneration dream, but everyone else’s nightmare
  • Designing Public Space for Active Aging – a case study from China

Urbanism New Zealand is being held in Wellington from 14 to 15 May 2018. To register www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Vinegar Lane

In this presentation Duncan Ecob, Principal, Isthmus Group and Gavin Lister, Founding Director, Isthmus Group will demonstrate an alternative ‘home-grown’ form of urban development that draws on New Zealand’s older mixed-use inner suburbs. Vinegar Lane is an experiment of low-rise intensification that sets out to reinterpret the scale, character and spirit of inner city suburbs. Duncan is an Urban Designer with over twenty eight years experience in designing and delivering regeneration in the built environment. He leads the Place service, with a focus on Urban Design and Masterplans. Gavin is qualified in both urban design and landscape architecture. He has 28 years’ experience throughout New Zealand on a range of project types including housing, land and commercial development, public spaces and streets, urban master planning, parks and landscape design and large-scale infrastructure.

The South Frame

One of the most comprehensive, yet often misunderstood, urban regeneration projects undertaken in Christchurch presents a valuable, multi-layered case study on urbanism. The complexity lies in the ambitious, yet fundamental, revitalisation of a large central city area when there was little understanding or appetite for change. Sophie Connell, Urban Designer, Connell & Associates return to Christchurch to work on the rebuild was off the back of over a decade working in urban design, regeneration, development, masterplanning and placemaking in New Zealand and abroad. When The South Frame landed with her, the ‘underdog’ of the Anchor Projects, it presented the ultimate challenge. Cameron McLean, Project Manager, Otakaro Limited is currently responsible for the design and delivery of a number of the largest urban regeneration projects ever undertaken in Christchurch.

Active Ageing in China

With ageing populations, many developed countries including New Zealand have introduced policy to support the concept of active ageing. However, a lack of resources has presented significant implementation challenges for policy makers. This case study examines a low-cost solution using spatial design to improve the health of the elderly in a low income urban village in China. Dr Minh Nguyen is a lecturer at Wellington Institute of Technology, teaching architecture technology. Minh trained as an architect in Germany and received a PhD in architecture from the Victoria University of Wellington.

 

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Dr Minh Nguyen, Cameron McLean, Duncan Ecob and Sophie Connell

 

 

Matters of the Heart

The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference 14-15 May in Wellington will discuss matters of the heart – the city heart and its centre. Speakers Dave Charnley, Benjamine Smith, Peter Hansby, Henry Crothers and Mike Frew will present in the HEART CENTRE SESSION on Palmerston North, Queenstown and saving our regional towns.

To register for the conference www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Re-Start the Heart

Dave Charnley, Urban Designer, Palmerston North City Council will demonstrate how a range of capital investment projects, strategic planning direction and a bottom up approach has been successful in reinvigorating the city life of central Palmerston North. As an award winning landscape architect with a passion for realising shared cultural landscape and reconciliation with nature, Dave Charnley has extensive experience across a range of urban projects.

Building a Better Experience

With a targeted vision of ‘Supporting a thriving heart to Queenstown’ the recently endorsed Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan draws together a suite of major transformational infrastructure and placemaking projects. Benjamine Smith, Senior Advisor, Rationale; Peter Hensby, GM Property and Infrastructure, Queenstown Lakes District Council; and Henry Crothers, Director, LandLAB will focus on how the town centre was defined as a ‘place’ to support a robust local economy and improved experiences.

Getting Out of a Hole

Mike Frew, Fund Manager, Heritage EQUIP, Ministry for Culture and Heritage will present on how earthquake prone heritage buildings can save our regional towns. For many communities the dominance of heritage buildings in their town centres make the government’s Earthquake Prone Buildings Regime particularly challenging – but with this comes opportunity. Mike Frew’s professional background spans commercial property, sustainable business and community development. Over the past four years he has been implementing government programmes in the commercial property sector and currently manages the government’s Heritage EQUIP fund.

 

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Benjamine Smith, Henry Crothers, Mike Frew, Peter Hansby and Dave Charnley

 

For the full conference programme www.urbanismnz.co.nz #urbanismnz2018

Conference Sponsors: Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus, Boffa Miskell and NZ Transport Agency.

Councils and Our Urban Environment

Justin Lester, Mayor, Wellington City Council joins Ben van Bruggen, Manager Urban Design, Auckland Council and our other POP Panel members as they identify the key issue areas the sector needs to address to bring about change. The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference provides the opportunity for the sector to better connect our thinking for the planning, design and delivery of our urban environments.

Being held in Wellington from 14 to 15 May, the conference program includes feature speakers, session presentations, multiple panels, poster presentations, networking events and study tours in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. To register www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Design Review Panels: PANEL Session

Lisa Dunshea, Manager Design Review Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council chairs a panel of representatives from Auckland Council and Wellington and Christchurch City Councils as they discuss the effectiveness and relevance of design review panels as a tool to improve urban design outcomes. Panel members include Melanie McKelvie, Auckland Council; Gerald Blunt, Design Manager, Wellington City Council; Josie Schroder, Principal Advisor Urban Design, Christchurch City Council; Dr Lee Beattie, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland; and Graeme Scott, Director, ASC Architects.

Re-start the Heart: HEART CENTRE Session

Dave Charnley, Urban Designer, Palmerston North City Council discusses ‘urban surgery to save city life’ as he demonstrates how a range of capital investment projects, strategic planning direction and a bottom up approach has been successful in reinvigorating the city life of central Palmerston North. Dave Charnley  is an award winning landscape architect with a passion for realising shared cultural landscape and reconciliation with nature.

Business Case for Walking: MOVE Session

George Weeks, Specialist Urban Designer Auckland Council Design Office, City Centre Unit Auckland Council presents ‘counting walking to make walking count’. Auckland like many western cities, went down the path of auto-dependency, systematically measuring and providing for motorised vehicles while ‘accommodating’ people on foot and bike if any space were left over. To challenge this auto-orientated paradigm, Auckland Council developed the Business Case for Walking. George Weeks is a chartered planner and an urban designer. From 2011 to 2016 he was based in Transport for London’s urban design team where he developed the team’s expertise in monetising the economic benefits of high-quality public space.

 

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Ben van Bruggen, Mayor Justin Lester, Dave Charnley, George Weeks and Lisa Dunshea

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Conference Sponsors: Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus, Boffa Miskell and NZ Transport Agency.

 

How the Dots Join

Connal Towsend, Chief Executive, NZ Property Council is a member of our POP Panel in the opening Plenary at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference. Moderated by Rod Oram, panel members will aim to seek consensus on the KEY ISSUES AREAS that need to be addressed by the sector as a whole to bring about change.

This conference provides the opportunity to connect our thinking for the planning, design and delivery of our urban environments. To register www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Nigel McKenna, Development Director, Development Advisory Services Limited will speak in the plenary session on ‘How the Dots Join’. In this session Nigel will present on the practicalities from his successes and lessons learnt as a developer. Nigel’s session will focus on what the opportunities are, what tomorrow looks like and importantly what people are looking for in their new urbanism. With a 25 year career in property, Nigel is one of the most experienced development managers in New Zealand. He has extensive understanding with leading large diverse teams and has undertaken a wide variety of highly specialized projects.

Lauren Semple, Partner, Greenwood Roche presentation is ‘Keep Calm and Build Better Cities – joining the dots with the Urban Development Authorities Proposal’. Speaking in the Develop & Delivery Session, Lauren will discuss legislation with the objective to streamline and speed up important large scale projects identified by government. Lauren has worked in resource management for more than 20 years. Passionate about urban planning and development, she has consented some of the largest new developments and subdivisions in the South Island.

Paula Schultz is the Managing Director of Canopius Developments and in her presentation ‘Urbanism Papakura’ she will take a developers perspective on involvement in the urban design of a community. Paula proposes that you can have great urban planners, architects and both local and central government officials working towards an ideal of properly designed urban-renewal, but unless the disconnect with the developers is remedied and controlled the plan becomes an obfuscation. Paula grew her development company by taking lessons from the project, task and risk management elements of her previous experience in airline operations and utilising relevant aspects in both property development and urban design spectrums.

 

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Connal Townsend, Paula Schultz, Lauren Semple and Nigel McKenna

 

The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference is focused on collective discussion with designers, architects, developers, planners, delivery, academics, community, policy and decision makers. Being held in Wellington 14-15 May for more info www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Conference Sponsors: Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus, Boffa Miskell and the NZ Transport Agency.

 

Focusing on Māori Design Principles

The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference in Wellington provides the opportunity for a diversity of conversations on our urban environments. Taking place Monday 14 May and Tuesday 15 May, the conference includes 10 feature speakers, 28 sessions, 4 panels, networking events and study tours in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. To register www.urbanismnz.co.nz

PLENARY Speaker Monday 14 May

Dr Rebecca Kiddle, Co-chair Pōneke for Ngā Aho, Senior Lecturer Environmental Studies, Victoria University of Wellington: Values and Justice in the Urban Realm – clearly articulating Māori values in urban contexts will become more urgent as Aotearoa becomes more urbanised and impacted by the ubiquity of globalisation.

LIVE Session Presentation Tuesday 15 May

Tracy Ogden-Cork, Director Motu Design: Te Wero: responding to different cultural viewpoints on land, community and housing – Māori and Pasifika families are under-represented in the design and decision-making segment of the development industry and over-represented in homelessness and deprivation statistic.

COMMUNITY & IDENTITY Session Presentation Monday 14 May

Ruby Watson, Co-Founder AKAU: Authentic Community Engagement in Aotearoa – ĀKAU engages taitamariki and their communities in real architecture and design projects, with a vision to create awesomeness in communities throughout Aotearoa.

CASE STUDIES Session Presentation Tuesday 15 May

Jade Kake, Principal Programme and Design Te Matapihi – National Maori Housing Advocate; and Jacqueline Paul, Graduate Landscape Architect: Evaluating the application of Māori design principles to urban regeneration projects – Te Aranga principles are a set of seven urban design principles that are increasing being used to produce culturally-based projects that engage positively with mana whenua cultural narratives and enhance sense of place relationships.

 

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Tracy Ogden-Cork, Ruby Watson, Jade Kake and Dr Rebecca Kiddle

 

For more information www.urbanismnz.co.nz 

Conference sponsors: Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus, Boffa Miskell and the NZ Transport Agency.

Christchurch, Children and Consequences in Design

Broad subject areas involving the regeneration of Christchurch, safe and socially connected children as well as rules and objectives form the topics of this DESIGN session at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference 14 – 15 May in Wellington. To hear these speakers and more, register today at www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Regeneration in the Red Zone

Hugh Nicholson is the Design Lead for Regenerate Christchurch responsible for developing plans for the Residential Red Zone. As a result of ground damage caused by the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 more than 5,500 houses were removed from land along the Otakaro Avon River and South Shore. In this presentation Hugh will discuss how the collaborative planning and design processes for the future ‘red zone’ offer an opportunity to consider what a resilient 21st century city might look like. As the principal urban designer at the Christchurch City Council after the earthquakes, Hugh played a leading role in subsequent recovery planning and the hugely successful ‘Share an Idea’ public engagement campaign.

Child Centred Design

The presence of happy, healthy, safe and socially connected children is a great indicator of the success of a neighbourhood. Haylea Muir, Associate, Isthmus Group and Hayley Fitchett, Manager Masterplanning and Urban Design, HLC will present their philosophy around designing for children and their whanau in higher density homes and neighbourhoods. Haylea Muir is an experienced Residential Masterplanner and has written a number of award winning architecture and landscape design guidelines. She has a special interest in how people live, play and connect. Hayley Fitchett is a master planner, design manager and urban designer with 19 years in the property development industry within NZ and the EMEA. She has prepared strategies for the development and/or management of sites in 15 countries.

Counter Intuitive

In our drive to improve the urban realm, have we created overly simplistic rules that are now hindering good place making, however well intentioned? Matthew Prasad, Associate Urban Designer, Woods discusses some of the unintended consequences of these oversimplified rules and objectives and the challenges encountered in delivering solutions that are not in keeping with those same rules and objectives. Matthew’s passion is ‘creating human environments – spaces that are innovative, beautiful, exciting, cost-effective and practical’.

 

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Hugh Nicholson, Matthew Prasad, Haylea Muir and Hayley Fitchett

 

For more information on the conference www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Conference sponsors: Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus, Boffa Miskell and the NZ Transport Agency.

Panels to discuss Future Street, Suburban Regeneration and Design Review Framework

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

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Adam Beck

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

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Duncan Ecob

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

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Lisa Dunshea

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

 

 

 

Progam Update Information

The updated program for the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference is now available for review on the website and download 2018 Urbanism NZ Conference_Program Update

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Opening presenter Dr Elizabeth Farrelly will discuss the relationship between urbanism, landscape and survival in her presentation titled ‘Between Order and Chaos – 6 Rules for New Zealand Cities’ followed by urban advocate Patrick Reynolds speaking on ‘Fix the Street: Fix the World’.

Our POP Panel involving Ben van Bruggen, Adrienne Young-Cooper, Mayor Justin Lester, Connal Townsend and Dr Jessica Halliday with moderator Rod Oram will be presenting, debating, analysing and discussing with delegates what has to change in our urban environment with the aim of reaching consensus on the five key issue areas for the sector as a whole. These issue areas will be reviewed over the two days of the conference through input by delegates and presenters to develop the platform for a Statement on Urbanism.

Early Bird Registration closes Monday 9 April. Book now and save up to $275. Conference program includes up to 50 speakers, 3 specialist topic panels, 10 feature speakers and networking events. Delegates can also book study tours available in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington.

Author of The Well-Tempered City, Jonathan F.P.Rose will be joining the conference from New York, presenting on ‘Developing Communities of Opportunities’ and discussing issues concerning income inequality, housing affordability and social isolation with our delegates. Other feature speakers include the NZIA President Christina van Bohemen, Co-Chair Poneke for Nga Aho Dr Rebecca Kiddle, DASL Development Director Nigel McKenna and GM of Strategy and Regeneration Planning at Regenerate Christchurch, James Lunday who will be focusing on the role of urban design in redefining the future of the city with his presentation ‘Thinking Outside of the Square – What Does Success Look Like’.

Conference Sponsors: Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus and Boffa Miskell.

POP Panel to discuss Key Issue Areas

The People of Purpose (POP) Panel at the 2018 Urbanism Conference will focus on the critical issues for urbanism in New Zealand in their identification of the key areas to bring about change in our built environment.

Moderated by journalist Rod Oram, the panel members are:

  • Ben van Bruggen, Manager Urban Design Strategy, Auckland Council
  • Dr Jessica Halliday, Te Putahi Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City Making
  • Justin Lester, Mayor, Wellington City Council
  • Connal Townsend, Chief Executive, NZ Property Council
  • Adrienne Young-Cooper, Chairman of the Board, Housing New Zealand

Through discussion and questions from conference delegates, Rod Oram will be challenging the panel members to seek consensus on issues connecting the sector as a whole. Once identified, these key issue areas will be reviewed and debated throughout the two days of the conference with the aim of directing future change.

To join the conversation, REGISTER as a delegate or profile your organisation as a SPONSOR.

Early Bird Registration closes Monday 9 April. PROGRAM information on the website.

Our Panel Members

Ben van Bruggen is an urban planner, designer and urbanist with 25 years experience and has bheadshot v2een involved in leading urbanism projects in China, Russia and Montenegro as well as the UK. He recently joined the Auckland Design Office from the UK where he is the founding director of van Bruggen Limited and was Head of Urban Design at Savills

Dr Jessica Halliday’s passion is finding ways for more and more people to engage and involve themselves with cities, architecture and the deJessica-Halliday-Portrait_v3cisions made about our built environment. Jessica is an architectural historian and is the Director and co-founder of Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, a charitable organisation dedicated to growing people and places together.

Justin Lester was elected Mayor in 2016. He joined Wellington City Council as a Northern Ward Councillor in 2010 and then served as Deputy MaJustin Lester for Mayor 2016 campaign photographyyor from 2013 until 2016. During his time as a Councillor, Justin championed the living wage, prioritised good quality local services and supported local businesses. He feels strongly that good local government services make a huge difference in people’s lives

As Chief Executive of Property Council New Zealand since 2004, Connal Townsend is the industry’s principal advocConnal_v2ate for New Zealand’s commercial, industrial, retail, property funds and multi-unit residential property owners.

Adrienne Young-Cooper is a qualified planner, now retired and working as a full time non-executive director on the AYC pic_from AYCboards of several organisations and businesses. She chairs the board of Housing New Zealand and is on the board of its wholly owned subsidiary, HLC formerly the Hobsonville Land Company.

The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference major sponsors are the Wellington City Council, Urban Design Forum, Jasmax, Isthmus and Boffa Miskell. 

 

 

 

Study Tours in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland

On the weekend prior to the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference delegates have the opportunity to book and attend multiple study tours available in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington.

The tours are being held on either Saturday 12 May or Sunday 13 May with some tours available for booking on both days. For more information visit Study Tours.

Christchurch 

Tour 1 is a walking tour of the Central City showcasing the unique opportunities and challenges that arose from the earthquakes. Delegates will discover thChristchurche anchor projects completed or underway. Tour 2 Field Trip enables delegates to experience the ‘residential red zone’. The combination of land subsidence and lateral spread have created a case study on how coastal cities around the world might adapt to sea level rise.

Auckland

Tour 1 is a waterfront walking tour of the Auckland CBD and visiting the Wynyard Quarter redevelopment. The “A for Effort But Could Do Better” walking Tour auckland2 is of a redevelopment location in the very early stages of work, looking at it from a masterplanning perspective. Tour 3 is ‘Welcome to Our Place’: Hobsonville Point – a peninsula that juts out into the Waitemata Harbour, a 20 minute drive northwest of Auckland’s CBD. Until recently a defence base, it is now being developed for all Aucklanders.

Wellington

Sponsored by Boffa Miskell, the e-bike Cycle Tour takes delegates around the wbike touraterfront, visiting sites of urban development that have helped shaped Wellington. The group will stop for a refreshment at the locally renowned Chocolate Fish Café, before returning to the city centre via Mt Victoria, assisted by your electric bike. On Tour 2 delegates are joined by Wellington City Council representatives for a short walking tour of the CBD looking at key sites.

The 2018 Urbanism Conference in Wellington from 14 to 15 May 2018 is focused on shaping New Zealand’s cities and places by the sector collectively identifying the key issues to bring about change. Early Bird Registration closes Monday 9 April.