LIVE, LEARN, WORK and PLAY
"Western Bay - a great place to live, learn, work and play"
Partnering with the New Zealand Institute of Architects and The Festival of Architecture for the very first time, September's free Smart Talk Future Thinking event was a general panel discussion entitled 'Placemaking and Density Done Well'.
Traversing the challenges and opportunities of great place-making and urban design the panel talked about their experiences with density, urbanism, co-design, green and brownfield environments, creative engagement with community and much more.
Some thought-provoking issues were brought up in the question and answer session at the end but with no single conclusion. Although, the theme was summed up by one of the 120 attendees who quoted Winston Churchill: “We shape our cities, and then our cities shape us.”
Some takeaways from the discussion:
The panel of experts included:
Benje Feehan (Ignite Architects), Lisa Mein (Boffa Miskell), Simon Maxwell (The Lakes, Carrus Group), Michael Tucker (Manager of Urban Strategy at Tauranga City Council, Damian Simpson (Ignite Architects and NZIA representative).
SmartGrowth's Bernie Walsh was the facilitator
Our panellists answered a couple of quick questions after the event:
Festival of Architecture in the Bay of Plenty for the first time
The NZIA brought the Festival of Architecture to the Waikato & Bay of Plenty for the first time this year. Through a series of events from the 7th to the 17th September 2017, celebrating architecture and its importance to the life of New Zealand’s towns and cities. See the programme of Waikato/Bay of Plenty events
The NZIA represents more than 90 per cent of all registered architects in New Zealand. Through their members they are committed to promoting and celebrating outstanding architecture and to creating greater awareness of the values and benefits well designed buildings and public spaces can bring. More information...