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The beauty of small gestures: an urban design context

March 6, 2015

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On bustling streets and next to pocket parks, little free libraries are popping up all over Grey Lynn. These joyfully decorated and weatherproofed bookshelves facilitate book swaps, building literacy and community goodwill.   The pop up libraries are the efforts of local couple John and Yvonne Pakenham, who were inspired by a Little Free Library they […]

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Designing Child Friendly Parks & Open Spaces

December 9, 2014

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​​​​​​​​By Allison Rokke​​​​​​​​​ To deliver on the promise of the Auckland Plan, we must create public places which accommodate the desires and needs of our young people. The purpose of this hot topic article is to provide an introduction to developing youth and child-friendly parks and open spaces. To accomplish this, we define child and […]

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Greenways

December 9, 2014

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​​​​By Allison Rokke​​​ Greenways enable people to walk, jog, scooter or cycle away from busy roads, without having to share road space with buses, trucks or cars. Unlike the highway or connector cycle routes outlined in Auckland Transport’s Draft Auckland Cycling Network, they may not always be the quickest way to get from place to […]

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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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