September 20, 2016


Valerie Fletcher to speak at Universal Design Symposium

Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of the Institute of Human Centered Design in Boston, will speak at the Universal Design Symposium, proudly sponsored by Lifemark, Resene and Auckland Council on Wednesday 26th October at the Viaduct Events Centre. This event is held as a precursor to ADNZ’s National Conference on 27th and 28th October at the […]

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June 27, 2016


Reclaiming the Laneways

During the 20th century of car-dominated movement, when streets grew wider and motorways fuelled suburban expansion, some smaller streets were completely forgotten. Traditionally providing access to the rear of buildings, these narrow lanes, or laneways, present a unique opportunity to extend, diversify and provide some inner city magic to the public realm.   Leftover from […]

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May 25, 2016

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Density done well, not just downtown

Forget the binary of apartment tower or single house. This won’t deliver choice or affordability for Auckland. Embrace instead what has been missing: medium density options of low rise apartments, terraces and semi-detached housing interspersed with gardens and parks. A diversified housing stock across the city is crucial for a sustainable and successful Auckland.  Current […]

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April 26, 2016


Grow your own leafy green Auckland

The practice of adorning buildings with plants has been around for a long time. Modern green roofs were pioneered in Germany in the 1960s, and vertical planting has been around in different forms for centuries. Most notably in the last two decades green architecture, also known as ‘building integrated planting’ (BIP) has expanded and diversified. […]

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March 23, 2016

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Is your home designed to meet several life scenarios?

  When designing your home there are a number of things to think about: budget, site orientation, sun, natural lighting, aesthetics, style, heating…the list goes on. One key consideration is often forgotten: over your lifetime how well will your house adapt to your and your family’s various ages and stages? Will it be a home […]

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