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.
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.
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.
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.
Tour 1 is a walking tour of the Central City showcasing the unique opportunities and challenges that arose from the earthquakes. Delegates will discover the 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.
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 2 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.
Sponsored by Boffa Miskell, the e-bike Cycle Tour takes delegates around the waterfront, 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.
Patrick is the nation’s leading photographer of the built environment. His architectural work can be seen in most leading publications both nationally and internationally, and particularly in a series of substantial illustrated books published by Penguin Random House, including City House Country House  Bungalow , Auckland Art Gallery A Place for Art , Big House Small House , New New Zealand Houses , Homework , and Villa . He is also known for his expressive work which is included in collections such as Te Papa Tongarewa and the Auckland Art Gallery.
He has lead Auckland specific Urban Design studio courses at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. In 2013 he received a President’s Award from the NZ Institute of Architects for his contributions to the fields of architecture and urban design.
He is a committee member of Urban Auckland and deputy chair of Greater Auckland, two influential civil society groups dedicated to improving the urban realm. He is a member of the Auckland Council Advisory Panel for Art in Public Places [since 2015], the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board , and a member of the Auckland Transport Board Customer Focus Committee.
is a director of Sills van Bohemen, the Auckland architecture practice she founded in 2001 with Aaron Sills.
The practice has built a reputation for its urban design practice and has undertaken master planning, parks and streetscape design, and written design guidelines and best practice manuals. Prior to the Unitary Plan, the practice was engaged in studies and consultation associated with plan changes to achieve increased density, particularly in and around Takapuna. Christina was part of the volunteer effort that contributed to early work on the Auckland plan and contributed to the submission process during the Unitary Plan hearings by NZIA, UDF and GenZero.
Until recently Christina was chair of the Auckland Urban Design Panel that she was appointed to in 2010 and has also chaired a number of specialist urban design panels including Hobsonville.
Christina has been an active member of the NZIA throughout her career, having served at local branch level and on the NZIA Council. She was a member of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board from 2010-16.
Senior Lecturer Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, Rebecca is Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi. She has worked in the urban design space in the UK, China and Aotearoa New Zealand for the past seven years having undertaken a PhD and MA in urban design at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Prior to this she worked in housing and Māori development policy and as Private Secretary Housing for the Associate Minister of Housing (Māori housing portfolio) in New Zealand’s parliament.
She is currently the co-chair Pōneke for Ngā Aho: Network of Māori Designers, a member of Papa Pounamu: New Zealand Planning Institute and a panel member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel. Her research focuses on Aotearoa New Zealand place identity and placemaking, decolonising cities and the design of community and educational space. Most recently she won Marsden funding for the topic: Making Aotearoa Places: The Politics and Practice of Urban Māori Place-making.