Ad hoc planning, the malaise

Not solely the province of Auckland, Dunedin has its own problems…

### Last updated 05:00 08/11/2009
Ad hoc planning makes us architects of our downfall
By Finlay Macdonald – Sunday Star Times
Party central? Try party pooper central. Seasoned urban planning watchers in Auckland could have predicted the current fiasco around revamping Queens Wharf for the Rugby World Cup.
This city exemplifies a wider national malaise when it comes to civic and aesthetic vision – a shortsighted, narrow-minded parsimoniousness that dooms even a blessed natural environment such as the Waitemata harbour front to dull mediocrity.
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Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Architecture, Design, Geography, Politics, Project management, Site, Sport, Stadiums, Town planning

2 responses to “Ad hoc planning, the malaise

  1. Elizabeth

    ### 4:00 AM Monday Feb 8, 2010
    Queens Wharf revamp ‘terrific’ and ‘stunning’
    By Wayne Thompson
    A fine-tuned version of the proposal to revamp Queens Wharf has received approval from three Auckland mayors.
    Auckland Transition Agency chairman Mark Ford – in charge of salvaging last year’s Government bid to sell civic leaders on the idea of a combined cruise ship terminal and “party central” venue for Rugby World Cup 2011 – has shown the region’s mayors the latest concept. The public will get to see it this week.
    The Government, through Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully, will be presented with the region’s recommended options this month.
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    • Elizabeth

      ### TVNZ News 6:24PM Tuesday February 09, 2010
      Ratepayers may not get say in Wharf decision
      Source: ONE News
      The leaders of Auckland are mulling over a design for a cruise ship terminal and Rugby World Cup “party central” space at Queen’s Wharf. But the ratepayers, who have to pay much of the bill, may not get a say. Auckland mayors are now calling on the government to involve the public in decisions about the iconic piece of waterfront. But ONE News understands design images will be officially released this week and a decision on what will be built at the wharf must be made by February, which means many Aucklanders will have little opportunity to have a say.
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