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NZIA members on Christchurch City Plan

Architects contribute ‘Early verdicts on the Christchurch draft Central City Plan’ in the latest issue of New Zealand Institute of Architects Cross Section magazine.

Christchurch’s draft Central City Plan, which the [Christchurch City] Council has been pressed to produce with some despatch, has met with a mixed response from local architects. Let’s start with the positive reactions. “The draft Central City Plan is a very good achievement in a short period of time and encapsulates a broad range of ideas and concepts that have been articulated to date,” says Warren and Mahoney’s Peter Marshall. “As a discussion document it will provide the necessary catalyst for a detailed evaluation needed in order to finalise the re-build framework for Christchurch.”

Various positives are expressed in reaction to Volume 1, followed by ‘criticalities’ and ‘explosions’ lobbed at the constraints of Volume 2.

A common critical theme is that the draft Plan is, in the words of Ian Athfield, “extremely prescriptive”, and that the regulatory regime revealed in Volume 2 would be inimical to the city’s recovery. “There are issues… that are going to need a more careful examination to ensure the urban design attributes do not compromise commercial realities,” says Peter Marshall. Peter’s remarks are a judicious expression of opinions that seem to be widely held by Christchurch architects.

“The more I look into Volume 2 the more concerned I get,” says Jasper van der Lingen (Sheppard & Rout Architects, and chair of the NZIA’s Canterbury branch). “Some examples: Volume 1 says you can get extra height for good urban design and a green building. Volume 2 translates this into mandating that a building owner must employ a green building council professional – bureaucracy and cost – and good urban design translates into a pitched roof between 30 and 60 degrees. Volume 1 talks about safety through passive surveillance. Volume 2 translates this into ridiculous rules about how much glazing you must have. Volume 1 talks about good scale of retail. Volume 2 translates this into a maximum size of retail of 250 square metres – no Ballantynes or Farmers. Volume 2 has some terrible stuff about blank façades that looks a lot worse than the old residential 20 metre rule, and it determines where neighbourhood centres should go without consultation with the local community – in dumb places, in my opinion.”

“There will be capital flight if this goes through unaltered,” Jasper says. “Volume 1 was a pass and appears to be written by designers. Volume 2 is a big fail and appears to be written by planners. It’s a huge worry for the future of Christchurch. The NZIA has a lot of work to do to fight this.”

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Oram on Auckland Spatial Plan, and more

### nzstuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 21/03/2011
Auckland at the crossroads
By Rod Oram – Sunday Star Times
OPINION: The Auckland Plan is a moment of opportunity for the super city.

On Wednesday, a great fight for the heart, soul and wellbeing of Aucklanders begins. But don’t worry. It’s not all about Auckland. If the region gets this right, the rest of the country will benefit strongly from more effective approaches to development. In one corner stands the Auckland Council led by mayor Len Brown. It will present its view of the city’s future when it delivers that day a discussion document on the Auckland Plan. The paper will look at the region in a new way. For the first time, it will bring together data, analysis and insights on the human, economic, environmental, social, cultural and other factors that make Auckland what it is today. Crucially, though, it will use this new analysis to show us options for the region’s future. It’s up to Aucklanders to consider, debate, agree and act with the new powers the region gained through the creation of the super city.

In the other corner stands the Key government, led on these Auckland issues by Rodney Hide, minister of local government. Last week, the cabinet released a set of eight papers giving its very entrenched positions on Auckland’s future. What a miserable view it was. When Hide and his ministerial colleagues think of Auckland they imagine only more of the same, warts and all. In their view, Auckland has to ooze out across the landscape in low-value, low-growth ways.
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aucklandtransportblog critiques Oram on Spatial Plan (21 Mar 2011)

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“A nice dream from Christchurch”

Thanks to James Green for supplying this link – we’re using your heading as tweeted :)

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 13:04 28/02/2011
Drivetalk: Among the trees a city will grow
By Dave Moore
I was told many times when I arrived in New Zealand that Christchurch was the most English city outside England. It wasn’t. The most English cities outside England are in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, but once I experienced the Avon river, its poplars, the CBD architecture, and the city’s mildly genteel sensibilities, I knew what they meant.

By then I’d also fallen in love with the place, its people and its wide boulevards, and the ability to drive across town in just a few minutes. In fact the wide linear boulevards and cross-town convenience were two things that actually made Christchurch differ from similarly sized British cities.

Things are going to change now, since nature viciously and fatally shook the city and all but razed its core, and already there are arguments about what kind of architecture will come to define the place.

But I’m more interested in the infrastructural opportunities it presents.
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Major developments at Perth, WA

### au.news.yahoo.com January 20, 2011, 6:10 am
Splendid metropolis ahead for Perth
By Beatrice Thomas – The West Australian
Perth in 2020 should be an incredibly different place. The recent boom has given rise to projects that are beginning or under way with expectations that continued resources wealth will fuel the next round. Despite years in the wilderness, Perth is showing signs of becoming an international city, from designer fashion labels to up-market retail centres such as Enex100 and Wesley Quarter, to small bars, laneways and more restaurants. On a bigger scale, State Government projects such as the waterfront, Riverside and Perth City Link will reshape the city and transform the way people use public amenities and open spaces in central Perth. The three projects alone will generate 507,000sqm of commercial space and 6600 dwellings in the central business district, boosting the city’s population, safety and vitality.
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Richard Goldie on urban planning

### publicaddress.net 12:51 Dec 16, 2010
It’s called “planning” for a reason
By Richard Goldie, Peddle Thorp architects
My first blog. I’m told you just write as if you were talking — to be fair the absentee audience is a bit off-putting — heckling from a place of greater safety perhaps? And I’m not that fluid a typist. The good news is that the GFC* has afforded us all some headspace, so I’ve used a bit of the time to undertake more of what I call ‘thought projects’. Naturally a number of these are focused on Auckland. I’ll briefly introduce three of them now and hope the feedback will spur deeper thinking and then maybe the chance to speak to these in more depth. Here goes….urban planning!
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*Global Financial Crisis

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Phillip Cole on Dunedin buses

How can public transport be reinvented as the true people mover in Dunedin? Phillip Cole calls for a brave approach to some hard decisions.

### ODT Online Mon, 29 Nov 2010
Thinking transport, boldly
By Phillip Cole
Reading “Hard decisions on buses loom” (ODT 19/11/10) one cannot help but be filled with a sense of foreboding about the future of public transport in Dunedin. At least two Otago Regional Councillors appear prepared to fight the corner for a public transport service in Dunedin – Councillors Deaker and Scott – but the ORC is at a crossroads regarding which direction to take.
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Hotel tower: developer “flashpoints” and the elusive mix of activities

### nzherald.co.nz 5:30 AM Saturday Oct 2, 2010
Is Auckland’s ‘urban village’ ideal straying off course?
By Geoff Cumming
How you see the restoration of a collection of century-old buildings on Auckland’s downtown waterfront is a matter of perspective. From one angle, the Britomart heritage precinct is the best thing to happen on the waterfront in a generation or three – cocking a snook at property hard-heads who argued that the 18 largely derelict buildings were beyond a bankable future. From another, it is a public-private partnership where the balance appears to be tilting towards the developer; where the promised “people-friendly” benefits of this urban revitalisation are crumbling.
The immediate flashpoint is the private plan change allowing the developers to build a high rise luxury hotel on the sailors’ home/Schooner Tavern site on Quay St. That decision has split architectural and urban design critics, some maintaining that new high rise can be successfully blended with low-rise heritage buildings. If so, it will be a first for Auckland.
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### http://www.stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 02/10/2010
Demolition likely of four heritage sites
By Glenn Conway – The Press
The fate of six earthquake-damaged Christchurch heritage buildings will be decided by city councillors on Monday, with staff saying four are too expensive to repair.

Those under threat include Manchester Courts in Manchester St, the former Nurse Maude Association building in Madras St and two Sydenham retail properties in Colombo St.

Two others – the Ohinetahi property of architect Sir Miles Warren at Governors Bay and a former shoe-polish factory in Ferry Rd – have been recommended for full or partial restoration.

Detailed reports and heritage assessments on all six buildings will be debated at an extraordinary meeting of the council starting at 9.30am on Monday. It is expected to be the final meeting of the current council, with local body elections next Saturday.
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RWC trains: corporate travel or rowdyism?

### ODT Online Wed, 31 Mar 2010
World Cup train option between Christchurch, Dunedin
By Mark Price
Rugby fans could have the option of travelling by train between Dunedin and Christchurch during the Rugby World Cup next year. KiwiRail communications manager Nigel Parry confirmed yesterday the company was considering running special trains to matches in both cities.
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ORC misses the bus, again

Sitting on its hands.

### ODT Online Sat, 13 Mar 2010
Potential to market buses to city’s youth
By Rebecca Fox
Dunedin buses and the city itself are incredibly safe, so parents do not need to cart their children everywhere, Otago regional councillor Michael Deaker says. “It’s crazy stuff,” he said of a finding in a survey of young people’s attitudes towards, and use of, public transport that 49% were driven everywhere by their parents.

Cr Stephen Woodhead said it was concerning to see 20% of those who used buses did not know about the council’s fare-payment GoCard.

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Buses in Dunedin CBD


### ODT Online Fri, 6 Nov 2009
Electric buses, transfer stations mooted for central city
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s bus system could be in for some major changes as the focus moves from parking to the public transport system.
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### ODT Online Wed, 4 Nov 2009
DCC considers bus station in Octagon
By Mark Price
Turning the central carriageway of the Octagon into a bus station is one of six options the Dunedin City Council is being asked to investigate. The council working party set up to review the city’s parking policies also examined the issue of bus stops in the central business district and the six options are part of its report to tomorrow’s extraordinary council meeting.
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Options suggested by the Dunedin City Council’s parking review working party.-

1. Relocate Princes St bus stops to the central carriageway of the Octagon.

2. Relocate the northbound bus stop to the Octagon central carriageway.

3. Construct a bus transfer station north of the Octagon in the Moray Pl-Great King St area.

4. Consider a “high-frequency core route” through the main street with transfer points at either end.

5. Remove all bus stops between Frederick St and Moray Pl south and have the bus stop in the “through lane”.

6. Have a high-quality and high-frequency core route through the main street, with all other routes using a transfer centre in Great King St between Moray Pl and the Centre City Mall.

Extraordinary Council Meeting
The Extraordinary Council Meeting to consider Parking Issues, will be held on 5 Nov 2009 2:pm

When: Thursday 5 Nov 2009 –
Where: Council Chambers

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Cable Car Meeting @Dunedin

The following notice of meeting will enthuse those keen to see the return of cable cars to Dunedin.

This invitation is open to trust members and the interested public.


14 October 2009
Dear Members

Cable Car Meeting – Dunedin Cable Car Trust

High Street Cable Car Project

Otago Settlers Museum – Wednesday 21 October 2009

As interested attendees of the two initial meetings held in October and November 2007 at the Otago Settlers Museum, we wish to invite you to an informative meeting of the Dunedin Cable Car Trust at the above location on Wednesday 21 October 2009, starting at 5.30pm.
A lot has happened since those meetings and the Dunedin Cable Car Trust is now at a stage where we can provide you with a comprehensive report on what has been achieved thus far and potential options for the future.
We will present to you our progress towards the re-introduction of a Cable Car along High Street from the Exchange to Mornington.
The meeting will be open to your suggestions on how we can accomplish what will possibly be the most ambitious public community project ever to have been undertaken in New Zealand – the project that you, the attendees, put in motion in 2007.

“Hold very tight, please!” for a ride that may take you “Back to the Future!”

Dunedin Cable Car Trust
(Bill Campbell, Tony Chance, Phil Cole, Neville Jemmett, Don Myers, Sue Russell)

Please respond to dcctrust@gmail.com if you will be attending, to help us gauge numbers…or just show up.


Remember Dunedin gave San Francisco some of our know-how…

Cable Car – originally uploaded by Aming01

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The buses

### ODT Online Thu, 10 Sep 2009
Opinion: Improving a bus service within everyone’s means

Otago Regional councillor Michael Deaker maintains the best strategy for Dunedin’s bus services is for gradual, prudent and practical improvements.
The Otago Daily Times recently queried what constitutes better bus services for Dunedin.
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– Michael Deaker is chairman of the ORC policy and resource planning committee.


See ODT item from 4 September: Bad news and good on buses.

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Designing public transport for repeat use

The writer says a fraction of the money spent on the stadium would provide a first-class public transport service for Dunedin. In a short time, the rate of return would be infinitely more than the stadium will produce.

### ODT Online Thu, 9 Jul 2009
Muddled thinking on buses
By Phillip Cole
Bus fares have risen by 56% in the past 12 months and new routes have been introduced. But has there been any strategic long-term planning behind the moves? Phillip Cole has his doubts.
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● Phillip Cole is co-chairman of Sustainable Dunedin City and is a transportation engineer and ex-bus user of the Dunedin public transport system who walks to and from work.

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