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.

 

 

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.

Review Program Now Available

Following the review of a high number of abstracts submitted by authors from across the country, the Program for the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference is now available.

The  two day preliminary Program is available here 2018 Urbanism NZ Prelim Program_5March

More detail on the speakers and their presentations can also be bike riderfound on the conference website Agenda.

With a program that includes over 50 speakers, 5 panels, key sector specialists from across New Zealand in addition to networking events and study tours in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, this is an event focused on driving change within our urban settlements.

Register as a delegate now. Early Bird closes 9 April.

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

Is our urban development important?

There is concern amongst the urban design sector regarding the lack of discussion focused on the state of our urban settlements. A sector driven conference, Urbanism New Zealand will focus on the issues of urban design and development from a collective viewpoint.

Engaging the cohort of urban designers, architects, planners, engineers, surveyors and landscape architects together with the property development and construction sector in addition to central and local government decision makers, the aim is to identify the key areas to bring about an improved change in our cities and towns.

“The outcome of the conference is to send a message to central government about the importance of urbanism,” said Gerald Blunt, Design Manager Build Wellington, Wellington City Council.

“This is something that has not been sufficiently debated by the sector together.”

Topics for discussion focus on the elements of living, moving, community, identity and the delivery of the urban environment in the context of urban design and planning.

“Urban concerns across New Zealand are broad but the issue of providing affordable housing in our expanding towns and cities is a major focus,” states Alistair Ray, Head of Urban Design at Jasmax.

“In this context our discussion points at the conference will include the impact of planning policy and the value of good quality design in the development and maintenance of healthy and thriving communities.”

To be held in Wellington in May 2018, feature speakers include Ludo Campbell-Reid – Urban Design Champion for Auckland, Justin Lester – Mayor, Wellington City, James Lunday – Urban Designer, Regenerate Christchurch, Christina van Bohemen – President, NZIA, Connal Townsend – Chief Executive, NZ Property Council, Adrienne Young-Cooper – Board Chairman, Housing NZ, Nigel McKenna – Development Director, DASL and urban advocate Patrick Reynolds.

The conference is calling for the submission of abstracts from people who are interested in presenting. Information on the Call for Papers can be found on the conference website www.urbanismnz.co.nz