Urban Futures New Zealand
Shaping the sustainable and accessible towns and cities of the future
Fleur Aldridge, Principal Solicitor, Auckland Council
- Understanding the goals for resilient and coordinated infrastructure and its implications for NZ
- Delving into the pipeline for funding and how it meets NZ infrastructure needs
- Placing strategic value and quality of life as the core objective and how this fits with the overall infrastructure plan
An examination and update of the most important legislative and regulatory developments affecting urban planning and development.
• What is the data telling us about the design and planning of our urban environments
• What are the relevant trends found in recent census results data?
• How can urban design be used to better integrate the different demographic and socio-economic groups, and therefore produce better outcomes for society?
• What does the data tell us about future living risks, challenges & opportunities?
• How have New Zealand cities grown and evolved, and what have been the driving forces behind these changes?
• How can intensification be delivered cost-effectively and attractively?
• What effects will demographic changes have on the growth patterns of our towns and cities, and their infrastructure needs?
• Planning for efficiency across the board
• Maintaining long-term visions amidst ever-changing technologies
• Planning for extreme climate events and the unforeseen
Join the panel as they discuss what is being done by local governments across the country to ensure that towns and cities live up to their residents’ expectations.
Chris Calvi-Freeman, Councillor – Eastern Ward, Wellington City Council
John Mauro, Chief Sustainability Officer, Auckland Council
Annette Richards, Freelance Parks Open Space Community Professional, formerly at Hamilton City Council
Exploring the issues that make it difficult for many of those involved in the planning of future urban centres to fully achieve their visions, and the ways in which the more enterprising individuals have found to overcome them and keep their feet firmly in reality.
Decent schools and hospitals, reliable emergency services, and an on time public transport network are the services that are needed to ensure an urban centre is considered a truly liveable and desirable location.
- Ensuring longevity and futureproofing of the essential services
- What will the future face of public services be and how will the public engage them?
- Highlighting where potential roadblocks in current legislation and policy are
In order to improve liveability, public health and help achieve carbon neutrality, many cities around the world are introducing car-free zones.
- The international rationale for introducing car-free zones
- How could micro-mobility, including e-scooters and e-bikes, change the way people access town centres?
- The impact of the way different generations travel, and want to travel, on urban centre planning
- Aspects that could be incorporated for the future proofing of New Zealand’s urban centre design
World-class and national-level events help to foster a vibrant and engaging social atmosphere and help to make cities truly world-class. However, in many instances, expensive event venue and infrastructure developments are neglected post-event and underutilised.
- What lessons can be learnt from abroad when addressing these expectations
- How to include post-event life in the initial planning and vision
Paul Nicoll, Technical Advisor Programming, Panuku Development Auckland
Parks, squares and green spaces are essential parts of any liveable urban environment. They provide meeting places and relaxation zones for local residents, as well as acting as lungs for the local area.
- Global and local trends in public spaces design
- Incorporating safety and health concerns into designs
- The effects of public spaces have on local health and wellbeing
A look at developments that are aiming to redefine what a neighbourhood is through how we live and interact with our local community.
- Creating healthy, affordable and inclusive communities
- Prioritising future growth and future needs
- Insights into lessons learnt in the planning and consenting processes
- What are the criteria that we should be aiming for?
- How to get the public behind the hard decisions?
- How do people actually want to live?
- Where will the funding come from?
Liz Halsted, Cities Digital & Place Shaping Leader, ARUP
John Polkinghorne, Associate Director, RCG Ltd.
Ensuring that the plans for tomorrow are put into action today is one of the hardest parts of the overall development phase, and if done correctly can lead to a more vibrant and attractive urban future.