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

For full programme information www.urbanismnz.co.nz

 

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.

Community, Identity and Urbanism

Nicola Short from Silverbeet Design, Tim Church from Boffa Miskell, Debbie Tikao from Matapopore Charitable Trust, Auckland Council Board Member Jessica Rose and MRCagney Senior Consultant Rachel Lees-Green will be speaking in our session focusing on Community and Identity. To register www.urbanismnz.co.nz 14 to 15 May 2018.

Role of Heritage and Sense of Place

What does urbanism want from Heritage? In this session, Nicola Short will explore how New Zealand heritage practice and policy in heritage identification and protection is supporting sustainable urban development. Director of Silverbeet Design with over 20 years experience, Nicola is an innovative public sector and heritage specialist with a focus on strategic leadership in policy and public engagement.

Embedding Cultural Identity

Matapopore has been charged with a role which is both challenging and ground breaking within the new emerging city of Ōtautahi/Christchurch. To embed indigenous values, urban design principles and narratives into an urban environment at this scale has never been done before. Tim Church is affiliated with Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha and is a qualified urban designer with national leadership roles with Boffa Miskell. Debbie Tikao is a Landscape Architect and General Manager for the Matapopore Charitable Trust. Both are members of the Christchurch Urban Design Panel.

Women in Urbanism 101

This presentation will compare urban design in Auckland with case studies from Sweden’s gender equality plans and the gender mainstreaming process in Vienna in the consideration of the importance of intergenerational facilities, social cohesion, planning for movement, notions of community and identity, and improving design outcomes. Jessica Rose is the Elected Member – Albert Eden Local Board with an intimate knowledge and interaction with people who are living in and using a wide range of spaces.  A senior consultant at MRCagney, Rachel Lees-Green is a founding member of Women in Urbanism Aotearoa and passionate about making cities healthier and more sustainable.

The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference is taking place from 14 to 15 May 2018 at the TSB Bank Auditorium – Shed 6 in Wellington. Conference sponsors are the 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

Duncan Ecob
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