Move in Motorbikes, Bicycles and Walk

Moving in our urban environment is the topic of discussion in the MOVE Session at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference 14 to 15 May in Wellington. This is an outcome driven conference providing the opportunity for a diversity of conversations from all areas of the sector. REGISTER TODAY to join the conversation.

Mass Rapid Transit Opportunities in a 2-wheeled Society

Vietnam is in the midst of rapid urbanisation with the population increasing from 24 million to 33 million in the last decade. The issue of urban development and transport presents the major economic challenge for the country. In 2017 there were approximately 3 million cars and 45 million motorcycles. James Tinnion-Morgan, Principal Transport Planner and Public Transport Specialist, Tonkin and Taylor has over 27 years’ experience in a wide variety of transport planning projects, both in Asia Pacific and Europe and has delivered large scale integrated transport solutions.

Business Case for Walking

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 was left over. To challenge this auto-orientated paradigm, Auckland Council developed the Business Case for Walking to understand the quantum and value of walking in the Auckland City Centre. George Weeks is a chartered planner and an urban designer in the City Centre Unit at the Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council. Prior to this 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.

The Bicycle Landscape

Over the last five years New Zealand has started to build a new network of infrastructure for cycling. At both the local and national government level, significant investment has been predicated upon proven returns that cycling improves health, environment and economy. Playing a giant game of join-the-dots, Ralph Johns, CEO Isthmus will connect urban cycle projects in Auckland, Napier and Wellington with national cycleway trails through the Hauraki, Napier and the Wairarapa. Raised in Wales, Ralph Johns studied and practiced as a landscape architect in the UK prior to moving to New Zealand in 2001 to establish the landscape architecture degree program at Victoria University. For the past decade he has been a senior member of the design practice Isthmus Group and has won a number of awards for his work in addition to contributing articles to local and international design publications.

 

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George Weeks, Ralph Johns and James Tinnion-Morgan

 

Guidelines, Principles and Plans

Dr Lee Beattie, Professor Errol Haarhoff, Stephanie Gard’ner, Tui Arona, Jeanette Ward and Gabi Wolfer are speaking in our DESIGN Session presentation Monday 14 May. To join this collective discussion developing a ‘Statement on Urbanism’ for New Zealand REGISTER TODAY at www.urbanismnz.co.nz

Urban Design Guidelines

The use of urban design guidance and independent expert review panels through the statutory urban planning process is a tool commonly used by cities worldwide to enhance the quality of their built environment. Dr Lee Beattie and Professor Errol Haarhoff examine the urban design outcomes achieved in New Zealand’s largest brownfields regeneration project on a disused military base. Lee is an urban designer and urban planner with 24 years’ professional experience. Dr Beattie is Deputy Head of School of Architecture and Planning and the Director of the School’s Master of Urban Design Programme at the University of Auckland. Errol Haarhoff is Professor of Architecture and Co-Director of the Urban Research Network also at the University of Auckland.  He is currently leading a $2.5million National Science Challenge research project: Shaping Places – Future Neighbourhoods involving 25 researchers at five universities.

Built Environment Principles

The New Zealand government has an ambitious and wide ranging housing and urban development work programme sitting across multiple ministerial portfolios and agencies. This programme seeks to end homelessness, improve housing affordability, make room for growth in urban centres and to help create thriving communities. Part of this work is a project to develop a set of Quality Built Environment Principles. The Ministry for the Environment’s purpose is to make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world for our children, their children and their mokopuna. Stephanie Gard’ner is a senior policy analyst at the Ministry for the Environment in the Auckland- based urban and infrastructure team. Tui Arona is a policy analyst at the ministry with a background in research and works on a variety of urban projects.

District Plans

Streets are an important part of our urban fabric, not just for movement but as public spaces. How effective are District Plans at achieving best practice street designs in new developments? A project team of transport engineers, urban designers and planners recently looked into this question as part of a district plan review. Jeanette Ward, Associate, Abley Transportation Consultants is a transportation engineer with 20 years experience in local government and consultancy within New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Gabi Wolfer, Senior Urban Designer / Town Planner, Selwyn District Council trained in Germany with an engineering degree in urban and spatial planning, moving to Canterbury in 2003.

 

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Dr Lee Beattie, Stephanie Gard’ner, Tui Arona, Jeanette Ward and Gabi Wolfer

 

To review the complete conference programme www.urbanismnz.co.nz

2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference 14-15 May in Wellington, New Zealand.

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

 

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.

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.

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. 

 

 

 

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.

‘Well-Tempered City’ Author joins our Speakers Program

Jonathan F.P. Rose, author on how to create resilient cities and founder of the Jonathan Rose Companies  will be participating in the speakers program at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference. Joining the program line-up from his base in New York, Mr Rose will present on the issues he discusses in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilisations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life in addition to undertaking Q&A with our delegates.

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Jonathan F.P.Rose

 

Mr Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. In 1989 he founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning and investment firm, which creates real estate and planning models to address the challenges of the 21st century.

His firm’s work touches on many aspects of community health, working with cities and not-for-profits to build affordable and mixed-income housing, cultural, health and educational infrastructure, and advocates for neighbourhoods to be enriched with parks and open space, mass transit, jobs and healthy food.

The Well-Tempered City won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher and Mr Rose lectures on affordable housing, community development, smart growth and the environment.

Jonathan F.P. Rose joins our feature speakers Christina van Bohemen, Justin Lester, Connal Townsend, Adrienne Young-Cooper, Nigel McKenna, Ludo Campbell-Reid, Patrick Reynolds, Dr Rebecca Kiddle, James Lunday and the Minister of Housing and Urban Development Hon Phil Twyford.

SAVE on Early Bird Registration OPEN NOW.

Be involved in this leading collective discussion on urbanism. CALL FOR PAPERS submission deadline extended to Friday 16 February.

The 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference gold sponsors are the Wellington City Council and the Urban Design Forum with bronze sponsors Jasmax and Isthmus.