New content for a New Year

February 3, 2017

Design for Auckland, Events

Ngā mihi o te tau hou! Happy New year!

We hope you’re having a relaxed summer and are making the most of the almost-too-good weather we’re experiencing.

With 2017 well and truly upon us, we thought it would be a good time to tell you about the Design Manual’s latest content, as well as some exciting projects you can expect to see soon.

Your Guide to the Unitary Plan

With the Unitary Plan now being operative in part, the Design Manual has released the first edition of the Unitary Plan Guide.  This hub has easy-to-follow guidance on the residential standards in the Unitary Plan and explains in practical terms how to apply them.  The hub also features illustrated checklists that step you through how to establish your building envelope and keep your development within the rules. Currently, there are checklists for the Single House Zone, with Mixed Housing Suburban and Mixed Housing Urban examples to follow in the next month.

ADM Blog - Unitary Plan Guide Diagram

Diagrams from the Illustrated Checklist for the Single House Zone

We’ll also be showcasing a series called ‘The New Auckland Home’, which explores new home design options for future Auckland.  This series will include a range of houses designed by professional architects under the operative Unitary Plan rules. So watch this space…

Mixed Use Design Guide

Mixed use developments combine two or more different types of use within a building, site or block and are an effective means of contributing to a vibrant streetscape. The Design Manual has recently launched its Mixed Use Design Guide, which provides clear direction on how to deliver a quality mixed use development. Several case studies have also been published alongside the guide, showcasing exemplary mixed use developments from overseas.

View the Mixed Use Design Guide here.

ADM Blog - Mixed Use Guidance

The Orange in Eden Terrace, an example of a well-designed mixed use development in Auckland

Case Studies

We’ve been searching far and wide to bring you the very best case studies from both New Zealand and overseas. These case studies are intended to inspire and inform your own projects.

Alongside the recent Mixed Use Case Studies, we’ve also published several Māori Design Case Studies. The Te Oro Music and Arts Centre, Tōia Community Centre and Toi O Tāmaki, Auckland Art Gallery are great resources for gaining knowledge of Māori Design processes in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Additional Māori Design Case Studies are in development,  and we look forward to sharing these with you over Mātāriki.

You can view our existing case studies here

ADM Blog - Case Studies

Toi O Tāmaki Auckland Art Gallery

 Auckland’s Code of Practice for Land Development and Subdivision

The Design Manual is now home to the Codes of Practice for Transport, Stormwater, Wastewater and Water. Additional Codes of Practice for Earthworks & Geo-technical Requirements and Green Infrastructure & Landscaping will be published as they’re made available.

View the Codes of Practice here

Auckland Code of Practice for development and subdivision

Auckland Code of Practice for land development and subdivision


Next week it’s Go By Bike Day (8th Feb)!

We’ll be looking at Auckland’s cycling infrastructure and talking to local cyclists to find out how well our roads and cycle ways are performing.

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