Urbanisation: How do we get it right?

At the UN’s Habitat III conference in Ecuador, world leaders and urban experts signed up to a New Urban Agenda, a blueprint setting global standards in sustainable city development. We love these two thought-provoking articles on the future of cities: Stern and Zenghelis on humankind’s great urbanisation; and Timon McPhearson and colleagues on how scientists must have a say in the future of cities …

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and urban design and urban governance on 1 December 2016 – 1:18 pm

Video – Sustainable living: Housing, transport and the city

Housing prices around New Zealand are a hot topic. One view is that if we build more houses, prices should come down. But what sort of housing at what sort of densities should we be building? And with the prospect of more housing, what sort of infrastructure will be needed? Ralph Chapman and Morten Gjerde discuss how to incorporate sustainability into our response to the housing crisis.

Posted in housing & building and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 4 November 2016 – 2:51 pm

Learning from the earthquakes: Community resilience, formation and housing in Christchurch

How did individuals and their communities respond following the 2010/11 Christchurch earthquakes? What has been learnt about how communities develop resilience, how they form, and the importance of house type and tenure in the wake of these events? We held a seminar on these questions with speakers Simon Kingham and Graciela Rivera-Muñoz.

Posted in behaviour change and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 3 October 2016 – 7:54 am

Cycling and walking makes healthier NZ cities

A ground-breaking study of New Zealand’s six largest cities has drawn links between high rates of cycling and walking and their residents’ health.

Posted in health and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design on 25 August 2016 – 3:41 pm

Traffic-related air pollution: video and report

City residents are exposed to traffic-related air pollution, which affects respiratory and cardiovascular health and increases all-cause mortality. What does this mean for people in Wellington? Our medical students explore the issues in this video and report.

Posted in behaviour change and health and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 18 August 2016 – 12:52 pm

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