Tag Archives: Public realm

Public Art – What is it Good For?

July 7, 2015

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Public Art has always been controversial. The global conversation on public art has shifted from traditional monuments to community-driven projects – from bold declarations to contextual artistry. Auckland city is under transformation and ripe to explore new directions for art in our public spaces. Join Metro editor Simon Wilson and Chicago based curator Mary Jane […]

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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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Seeking Happiness in Our Public Spaces

April 10, 2015

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How well do Auckland’s public spaces measure up? In 2010, Jan Gehl and Gehl Architects undertook a public life survey in Auckland.  One of the things the survey looked at was how the city’s public spaces were being used. The focus was the area bounded by Myers Park to the south, Victoria Park to the […]

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Thriving neighbourhoods

December 1, 2014

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How do you design and plan for a thriving neighbourhood? Here’s where we’ll be sharing the stories, insights and emerging evidence around the inter-connected nature of the design of our streets, open spaces and buildings, and how they can come together to support the well-being and happiness of our communities. How can we promote more […]

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