Creating fit for purpose legislation for our cities With the Election in full swing there is talk about replacing the Resource Management Act with some kind of Urban Planning legislation. … Continue reading PODCAST: Replacing the Resource Management Act with an Urban Environment and Building Act
What is International Best Practice? Recently I was asked on LinkedIn about the proposed Drury Town Centre Main Street being designed around the car. If International Best Practice is demonstrating … Continue reading PODCAST: Spatial Planning 101: If Active/Transit Modes = 40% More Spend ($) in Town and Metropolitan Centres by Patrons why are our Centres still being designed around the car?
The question got lost in the scramble The kerfuffle around Light Rail and the subsequent finger pointing that went with it clearly demonstrated the consequence of a Minister being a … Continue reading Auckland Light Rail – What are YOU wanting to achieve? What Does the Auckland Plan say?
How a Soviet Concept can be translated into the 15 Minute City After my Vision Week podcasts (Going Back to the Beginning – Spatial Planning #visionweekNZ #bounceforward Podcasts) I had chanced … Continue reading Micro Districts, the Soviet Union and Modern City Planning
Stripping everything back to the foundation in the Post Covid era Launched as an initiative by Infrastructure New Zealand Paul Blair, Vision Week New Zealand has this mission statement: COVID-19 … Continue reading Going Back to the Beginning – Spatial Planning #visionweekNZ #bounceforward Podcasts
Transport and Spatial Planning Economics Change Dynamics Budget 2020 was delivered yesterday and would mark Day-1 of New Zealand’s Post Covid Era. Post Covid being that the virus is under … Continue reading #spatialplanning101 – City Centre to Mangere Light Rail Iced, Airport to Botany Rapid Transit and Mill Road Progressing in Post Covid Era
Just two projects but with major if not critical consequences Yesterday was the last day that both Public Authorities and private businesses or individuals could send in projects for consideration … Continue reading My Post-COVID-19 Stimulus Options for Auckland (that have nationwide social, economic and environmental benefits)
I’ll start one Last Thursday finally put to bed what had become a very myopic debate on relocating Port of Auckland to Northport in Whangarei some 170km to the north. … Continue reading The Port Relocation Saga – Where are the Spatial Plans?
Twitch and Podcasts After initial positive feedback with both the Twitch streams and podcasts using Cities Skylines as the main communication tool I am going to separate the two out … Continue reading Ben’s Urban Geographies: I will be Podcasting all things #UrbanGeography from 2020
New Zealand struggling with housing and infrastructure Recently an article in the NZ Herald illustrated that our population planning projections are out by 30 years. That is New Zealand was … Continue reading New Zealand Population Projections 30 Years Off Course – How Did the Institutes Miss This and what have the consequences been?