What if walking, bicycling and public transport, instead of roads and highways, were at the heart of urban life? What if we started evaluating our cities based on a simple “8 80” rule: ensuring the safety and joy of children and older adults (from 8 year olds to 80 year olds) are at the forefront of our decision-making? How can we improve the quality of life for people of all ages amidst large demographic shifts? We invite you to hear Gil Penalosa answer these questions and to hear Caroline Shaw talk about how the policies, programmes and funding at city level create environments that promote or inhibit inhabitants from cycling and walking. Date: Tuesday 5 July, Venue: Adam Auditorium, ground floor, City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington, Time: 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm.
We warmly invite you to a seminar on neighbourhood renewal. Philippa Howden-Chapman and Karen Witten will show outstanding examples of low-carbon urban renewal in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and England, and draw parallels with NZ urban developments, including Hobsonville Point and smarter street design under construction in Auckland. Date: Wednesday 29 June, Venue: Adam Auditorium, ground floor, City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington, Time: 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm.
A scholarship is available to study ‘Shaping cities for youth: Youth mobility for education, employment and training’.
The Future of Wellington’s Bus Fleet is a new Centre for Sustainable Cities policy paper by Lucia Sobiecki and Ralph Chapman. It looks at a strategy for upgrading Wellington’s buses that is economical, environmentally sustainable, and healthy for people.
Philippa Howden-Chapman is Director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities and He Kainga Oranga / Housing and Health research programme. She spoke to OurAuckland about Auckland’s housing challenges and the hidden cost of our unhealthy rental homes.