URBAN DESIGN AND LIVING
Saturday 15 JULY 2017 9am – 5pm
Is the term ‘sustainable city’ an oxymoron? Is it really possible to live sustainably in an urban environment? Through the lens of international best practice examples this workshop explores what an ecologically and socially regenerative bioregion could look like. Using an interactive, 3-dimensional board game, participants will apply the day’s learning to the design of an ecologically regenerative urban environment. This design activity will capture a range of densities, from rural lifestyle blocks through to apartment living and explore the interconnections between these different settlement patterns.
Introduction to – Settlement patterns and design; Inter-relationships between cities and their bioregion; Layout and integration of urban environments including public space, transport and circulation, housing, communication networks, energy supply and distribution, urban waste cycles, landscape and urban ecology, economic systems, urban food production, and storm water, waste water and potable water management; and Practical design activity.
- Develop an understanding of what constitutes an urban environment
- Develop an understanding of the relationship between the city and its bioregion
- Develop an understanding of how the physical structure of urban environments shape our lives
- Identify opportunities and challenges to applying the day’s learning
LINKS + REFERENCE MATERIAL
- New Zealand Urban Design Protocol – Ministry for the Environment
- New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities
- The ResilientCity.org Design Network
- A Pattern Language
CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER, 1979
- Designing Sustainable Communities: Learning From Village Homes
MICHAEL CORBETT, JUDY CORBETT and ROBERT THAYER, 1999