Copenhagen: Confirmation of the future sensual city

In August this year Greater Auckland reproduced a chapter I wrote for a book speculating on our future world, The Big Questions, in three posts; here, here, and here. Included was the section below describing the city centre. In bold is a short description of what I imagine the sensual experience of these future streets will be like: The whole Queen Street valley will be car-free, plied only by emergency and delivery and service vehicles, the latter at set times.…
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The Big Questions part one.

What is in New Zealand’s Future? Earlier this year I was asked by Penguin Random to contribute to a book speculating about New Zealand’s future, and now it’s out: There’s a fantastic range of writers/speculators, including Dame Anne Salmond writing brilliantly about the natural world, Rod Oram on Climate Change, Leonie Freeman on housing.…
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Ch-Ch-Changes

Submissions to the Productivity Commission’s Low-emissions economy draft report close today June 8th, here. Arrrg. There is a great deal that’s really good in the report, but one thing that I feel the Prodcom is missing is the changing nature of our cities, in particular Auckland.…
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The Change Agency

Auckland Transport is not (just) a transport agency, it is a change agency. Auckland Transport (AT) is the lead agency of change to our public realm in Auckland. AT has to front increasing amounts of change in both small and large ways, to our streets, to our daily experiences, and is therefore is the main focus for anyone, reasonable or otherwise, who has a view on these changes.…
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10 Years

Change and Continuity Rather than just look ahead a short distance I thought it may be productive to project forward a decade or so into Auckland’s future urban form. Partly as this is surprisingly easy because of the long lead in times for urban infrastructure, we know what’s coming, and partly because a longer look ahead gives us a better sense of the what the coming change is likely to mean.…
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