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Access to All Areas at the Universal Design Symposium

November 3, 2016


Newly elected Mayor Phil Goff warmly welcomed attendees to Access All Areas: Universal Design Symposium held at the Viaduct Events Centre last week. Universal Design is the idea that people should be at the center of every project, whether it is a building, a park, a street or a neighbourhood. Want to know more about Universal Design and it’s […]

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Grow your own leafy green Auckland

April 26, 2016


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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A sneak preview – the Mixed Use Design Guide coming 2016

December 22, 2015


We’ve been working on the Mixed Use Design Guide for Auckland and we want to give you a sneak preview of what’s coming this January 2016. Mixed use spaces can be vertical, for example an apartment building which has retail spaces on the ground floor; or horizontal, with commercial or other non-residential spaces separated horizontally from residential […]

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What were the best city improvements in Auckland 2015?

December 17, 2015

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2015 has been a big year for Auckland! Plans have been rolling out all over the city to improve our public spaces, active and public transport routes, and community facilities. The Lightpath – Te Ara I Whiti opened earlier this month, just in time for summertime cycling. The new magenta-coloured pedestrian and cycleway, which features […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

December 11, 2015


Christchurch and Auckland Urban Design Panel leaders have been exchanging ideas on how to do things better. “The concept of a ‘network approach’ is a strong one. Networks generally relate to people. So when Rachael Annan from the Christchurch Urban Design Panel and Lisa Dunshea from the Auckland Urban Design Panel met recently, they knew […]

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