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Auckland Conversations 

Auckland Conversations 

Auckland Conversations is a free speaker event that presents both national and international keynote speakers. All speakers are leaders in their areas of expertise and can inspire, influence and inform both the public and council officers.

Each speaker will present on topics that relate to the vision and issues facing Auckland to become the world’s most liveable city, and endorse the planning, economic, environmental and policy strategies as set out in the Auckland Plan, City Centre Master Plan and Economic Development Strategy.

This programme is an initiative of the Chief Planning Office, Auckland Council. 

Event topic scope:

  • Design - urban design, architecture, place making and city/town/waterfront planning.
  • Economic development drivers and influencers - innovation, transport, tourism, socio-economic issues.
  • Heritage - natural, cultural and built heritage.
  • Environment - eco-city sustainability initiatives and issues.

Liveable Cities - Vibrant Waterfronts 

Brent Toderian - UrbanWorks

Monday 20 October, doors open 5pm for a 5.30pm start
Shed 10, Queens Wharf, 99 Quay Street, central Auckland

In association with Waterfront Auckland and the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Brent Toderian is an internationally respected practitioner in downtown, main street and waterfront planning and urban design. He consults for cities and developers across the globe, with current or recent international engagements that include the cities of Sydney, Auckland, Oslo, Helsinki, Medellin and Ottawa.
Brent has led on transformative place-making, street activation and mobility strategies through award-winning downtown and waterfront planning and design in two of Canada’s fastest changing cities, Vancouver and Calgary, as well as providing peer advice globally.
Auckland is embarking on a design-led approach to city transformation and is quickly becoming a global city-to-watch when it comes to urban design and waterfront transformation. Auckland’s aim is to become the world's most liveable city. Its waterfront vision is: A public, connected and liveable waterfront that excites the senses and celebrates Auckland's sea-loving pacific culture and maritime history.
But is there another level of innovation we can reach? Great waterfronts can be a city's greatest asset, but only if we make the most of the opportunities they provide. Using principles, "best practice" projects and big ideas from waterfront cities around the world,  Brent Toderian will continue his city-shaping advice to Auckland with a talk on how rethinking our waterfronts can transform our cities and discuss with us the next level of Auckland Waterfront innovation.  

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