Isthmus at the Urbanism New Zealand Conference
A wide range of work and thinking was represented by members of the Isthmus Group at the UrbanismNZ conference held in Wellington this week. It’s been well over a decade since the last big urban design conference in New Zealand was held, so there was plenty to talk about. And this is a good time to be talking about it.
On day one:
Haylea Muir spoke, with HLC’s Haylea Fitchett, about Child Centred Design for the New Generation of Auckland’s Suburbs
Andre de Graaf’s talk was titled Small Homes – Big Impact?
Ralph Johns discussed Bicycle Landscape: The Transformative Potential of Cycling Infrastructure in NZ.
On day two:
Gavin Lister presented Vinegar Lane: a NZ Urban Intensification Case Study.
And Duncan Ecob chaired a panel session about Northcote’s Suburban Regeneration with Isthmus principals David Irwin, Helen Kerr, HLCs’ Mark Fraser and Panuku’s Morgan Reeve.
There were about 50 speakers altogether, with many sessions running in three parallel streams. The organisers boldly attempted to bring it all together in the summing up under the themes of Urban Form; Cultural Values; Resilient Cities and Well-being.
The Urban Design Group are now working up a position paper to take to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Phil Twyford, outlining an Aotearoa vision for people-centred, values-based urbanism.
Isthmus are right behind that.