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.
What’s driving urban change in your city? We invite you to hear from researchers looking into issues of urban development, housing, transport and environment – Philippa Howden-Chapman, Guy Salmon, Jonathan Moores, Ralph Chapman, Biddy Livesey, Simon Kingham, Karen Witten, and decision-makers who shape our urban life – Dave Cull, Lianne Dalziel, Penny Hulse, Julie Hardaker. We are holding free seminars in these cities (all welcome): Dunedin: 18 May. Hamilton: 14 June. Auckland: 20 June. Christchurch: 12 July.
At a time of rising house prices in our main urban areas, how can cities respond sustainably to what people want? We held a seminar on urban form and sustainability with speakers Ralph Chapman, Nadine Dodge, Pattern Reid, David Mitchell and Peter Matich.
What does ‘community’ mean in compact cities? How does the built environment impact on social relations? How does our age and stage of life shape these experiences? What are the key debates and issues? Looking to answer these questions, researchers have compiled a literature review of factors that enhance place-based social relations in compact cities. It is now available free to download.
The programme for the Energy Cultures Conference, 6-7 July 2016 in Wellington, is now available. The theme is “Sustainable energy futures: Understanding behaviour and supporting transitions”.