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.

 

Slide1
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’.

 

Slide1
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.

Sharing Urban Wisdom

Barnaby Bennett talks matters urban with Dr Elizabeth Farrelly. Both are speaking at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference. To register www.urbanismnz.co.nz

A Remarkable Career

Elizabeth Farrelly has had a remarkable career. She has been a designer, Adjunct Associate Professor, Sydney City Councillor, and is the author of six books. To say she is award-winning is something of an understatement with an array of celebrated acknowledgements that starts early in her career and continues unabated. Along the way she’s earned a PhD, received design excellence and teaching awards, and the Marion Mahony Griffin Prize. More recently Farrelly has taken on the role of being a Weekly op-ed columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and is one of the few prominent commentators in Australia that talks intelligently about design, public space, cities and architecture. Farrelly is a long-term resident, and scholar, of Sydney and returns to her homeland for the upcoming Urbanism New Zealand conference.

Sharing Wisdom

As New Zealand embarks on one of the most substantial housing and transportation construction periods in its history, it’s an appropriate moment for Farrelly to share her wisdom about Australia cities and how NZ might learn from their mistakes and successes. I recently sat down with Elizabeth and talked about cities, walking, and the dangers of utilitarian solutions.

Walking Through Cities

It’s clear when talking to Farrelly about cities that she experiences them, and prioritises the experience of them, as a pedestrian, as someone that loves walking through cities, a Flaneur. Her diagnoses of the problems of cities in relation to complex issues such as heritage, development, transport are imbued with this notion of walking. This isn’t the contemporary science of walkability, but a more productive notion of cities as places that create moments that surprise, reveal, and fulfil the people that live there. It’s evident in her various roles that she has always resisted the temptation to treat cities simply, and so her notions of surprise, delight and the creation of meaning through experiences of space have not become romanticised, translated into dumb rules or treated with lost nostalgia. Rather through her actions as a councillor in implementing protections for laneways, and as part of generating sophisticated planning rules, and through her regular teaching and writing, she has reminded the city that these more poetic and cultural experiences of cities are at the core of urbanism, not an accidental benefit.

Protection of Public Interest

The central thread that Farrelly kept returning turned to in our conversation was the question of how to best protect this rich and complex notion of ‘public interest’. Her current interest is in arguing for the city to be understood ‘as an animal with symbolic resonance for people’. As something that is ‘representative of identity’, in the sense that it gives meaning to the people that live within it. This is a notion that she thinks has been abandoned as we instead buy into 20th-century ideas about ‘the city as a machine’ in which ‘a utilitarian approach has become the dominant paradigm’. There is a tricky balancing act between addressing the failures of the city and not destroying the village to save the village. The warnings for a government intent on fixing contemporary problems in NZ cities couldn’t be clearer.

Slide1

Dr Elizabeth Farrelly and Barnaby Bennett are both speaking at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference 14 to 15 May in Wellington. For more info www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Keep Calm and Build Better Cities

Keep Calm and Build Better Cities is the title of Lauren Semple’s presentation in our DEVELOP AND DELIVERY Session at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference 14 to 15 May. To register visit www.urbanismnz.co.nz. Joining Lauren in this session is Keith Duddy from S23M, Simon Kaplan from ui! (the urban institute) and Professor Hugh Byrd.

Urban Development Authorities

From the London Docklands to Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, urban development authorities have been responsible for the delivery of many of the world’s most impressive municipal projects. While the growth of New Zealand’s urban environment brings its challenges, the advantages for a nation when its cities are successful are myriad. To optimise these benefits, a legislative and regulatory framework is required to join the dots. ‘Keep Calm and Build Better Cities’ discusses is KiwiBuild too ambitious? Or not ambitious enough? Lauren Semple is a resource management partner and leads the resource management team at Greenwood Roche.

Pattern-based Thinking

As the collaborators who plan, purchase, install, operate and maintain smart urban infrastructure are from many disciplines, Keith Duddy, Senior Advisor, S23M and Simon Kaplan, CEO, The Urban Institute present a framework for the communication of the concepts used to transfer meaning through an increasing finer-grained set of patterns: starting from the layout of the streets and street infrastructure. This approach enables dynamic analysis, reconfiguration and better use of city infrastructure with the goal of more sustainable use of resources and a richer experience for city dwellers.

Disruptive Technologies

The aim of Professor Hugh Byrd’s presentation is to illustrate the impact of disruptive technologies such as distributed electricity generation, smart grids and blockchain energy on the future urban form in New Zealand. A case study will be presented that demonstrates the potential impact of these technologies and their implication on future policy for urban growth. Hugh Byrd is both an academic and a practicing architect. He is Professor of Architecture at Unitec Institute of Technology and the University of Lincoln, UK.

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

Slide1
Professor Hugh Byrd; Keith Duddy; Lauren Semple; and Simon Kaplan

 

 

 

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

Adam Beck
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

LisaDunshea
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

UNZC_logo

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.

 

 

Elizabeth Farrelly announced as Opening Speaker

Sydney-based columnist, broadcaster, author and critic on architecture and public issues, Dr Elizabeth Farrelly has been added to the Program for the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference. Providing the opening presentation, Dr Farrelly trained in architecture and philosophy, practiced in London and Bristol and holds a PhD in urbanism from the University of Sydney, where she is also a former Adjunct Associate Professor.

Elizabeth Farrelly
Dr Elizabeth Farrelly

 

As an independent Sydney City Councillor, Elizabeth initiated Sydney’s first heritage and laneway protection policies, and was inaugural chair of the Australia Award for Urban Design (1998). She was also Manager Special Projects at the City of Sydney during the Olympic preparations. Born in New Zealand, Dr Farrelly is an award-winning writer and published author.

Full details of the Conference Program is now available. Save up to $275 with Early Bird registration also special conference rates for accommodation. Conference includes networking events and study tours in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington.

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