How my home fares in the 5 minute pint test

Following on from my post yesterday on the talk by Hank Dittmar, I thought I would have a look at the neighbourhood that I live in to show how it does against the 5 minute pint test. First a little bacground, I live out west nearby the Sturges Rd train station, the area was developed about 10-15 years ago and before that was farmland. Here is an image of what it used to look like from 1996: But now it is much more developed and along with the housing we have things like schools, parks and even a community centre which I have highlighted in the image below. I live …
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QIMBYs needed to pass the 5 minute pint test

Last week Kent and I attended the talk by Hank Dittmar from the Princes Foundation on sustainable cities and design. Many of the things that Hank talked about are things that we discuss on here so they shouldn’t really come as a surprise but it is useful to cover them anyway. The first thing to to consider what sustainability actually encompasses. It is actually more than just how we build houses and what materials are used but actually goes much deeper into how we design our communities. This will become increasingly important as the city looks to have intensify by having 60-70% of all future development within the existing urban area. One of the …
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Hank Dittmar (@HankDittmar) in Auckland

Here’s another great Auckland Conversations event coming up on Wednesday 14 November. Hank Dittmar CEO of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment will be talking about sustainable cities and design. Mr. Dittmar has been the Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation since January 2005. Previous to that he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism and as Executive Director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project both based in the United States. Much of his professional work has been centred around the role of land use and transportation in creating liveable communities. Currently his work at the Prince’s Foundation seems to be focused around neighbourhood design and …
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