April 28, 2017

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The Secret to Affordable Apartments: House People not Cars

This week the ADM team get the lowdown from the architects and developers behind some of Australia’s most forward-thinking apartment developments. With construction and land costs escalating exponentially over the last couple of decades in Auckland, the demand for more affordable housing options has never been more pressing.  Apartments are often heralded as the solution to our housing […]

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April 21, 2017

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High-Density for Families

Following on from last week’s post on the future of apartments in Auckland, this week the ADM looks at family-orientated housing and how it can be provided within a high-density environment. Like many cities around the world faced with rapid population growth, Auckland is looking to progress as a ‘compact’ city with dense urban centres. These […]

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April 13, 2017

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Apartments…A part of your neighbourhood?

Auckland’s housing shortage has climbed to more than 40,000 homes. During April, the Auckland Design Manual will be looking at the different methods of tackling this shortfall. This week we’re looking at apartments. Three years ago, I could boast that my home in uptown Auckland had harbour views. You had to squint, but they were there. […]

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April 7, 2017

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The Art of the Planner

With the NZPI Annual Conference taking place this week in Wellington, urban planning briefly finds itself in the limelight. To celebrate, the ADM takes a look at the ‘art’ of  planning. When I decided to commit four years of my life to a planning degree, my parents didn’t quite jump for joy.  For some time they […]

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March 31, 2017

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Why Aucklanders need more common ground

Following on from last week’s post on what it takes to turn a street into a neighbourhood, we look at the equally important role of communal open space in creating a sense of community within residential developments. As humans, we require contact with others to fulfill our social needs. The urban environment has a significant, yet […]

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