Saturday 17 JULY 2021 9am – 5pm

Central Auckland

TUTORSFinn Mackesy and Gary Marshall

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.

In the case of a lockdown due to Covid19 we are geared up to deliver the programme via an online format if necessary. For more information please see our Programme Information PDF.

Workshop Image - Urban Design and Living


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


In case of alert level changes due to Covid19 we are geared up to deliver via an online format if necessary.