Archive | June, 2015

Aotea Square, the people’s park?

June 19, 2015

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Observations of Aotea Square Observe / əbˈzəːv/ verb see or notice somebody/something watch somebody/something carefully, especially to learn more about them Jan Gehl, the influential Danish urbanist, once proclaimed that “we definitely know more about good habitats for mountain gorillas, Siberian tigers, or panda bears than we do know about a good urban habitat for Homo […]

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What does urban design have to do with airports?

June 12, 2015

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The word airport conjures up images of large utilitarian buildings, filled with billboards, long blank walls, and countless windows. To me, airports permeate a general ambivalence to the human experience, with the key activities being: long hours waiting in queues, eating fast food, looking at hobbits (if you’re lucky enough to be at Wellington Airport), […]

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Lessons Learned from Across the Ditch: Medium Density Done Well

June 5, 2015

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Auckland is now on the path toward becoming a more compact city and what we build today will shape the neighbourhoods of tomorrow. Density done well can foster thriving neighbourhoods and help to sustain public amenities such as public transport and great local parks. However, density done badly can isolate people, and even contribute towards […]

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