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.
Landscape as the Driver of Development Strategy and the Vision for New Infrastructure
Professor Kathryn Moore - 2014 President of the International Federation of Landscape Architecture
Thursday 30 October, doors open 12.45pm for a 1pm start
Limelight Room, Aotea Centre, Aotea Square, central Auckland
In association with The NZILA Education Foundation.
Kathryn Moore's design work has included collaboration with other landscape architects on major projects in Birmingham, UK such as the re-visioning of Salford Quays, widespread derelict land reclamation, urban regeneration, public realm creation and landscape management.
Kathryn's experience in bringing communities together to find a better way of delivering the proposed high-speed rail project between London and Birmingham has attracted considerable support from local and regional stakeholders, including the Chambers of Commerce and local councils. It has significant implications for infrastructure projects in New Zealand.
HS2 is the UK's largest infrastructure project for generations. Kathryn's proposal is that it should be turned from a linear engineering project into an iconic landscape infrastructure that will be a catalyst for wider social and economic transformation. She argues that HS2LV represents a unique opportunity to create an enduring legacy by placing the landscape at the core of the project.
Another project, Thurrock Garden City, uses a similar holistic and integrated approach to build confidence, aspirations and inspire a new way of working to achieve radical change in a borough that has until recently been regarded as an impoverished dumping ground for London.
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Van Cycle Chic - Observations from an Emerging Bike Culture
Chris and Melissa Bruntlett - Modacity, Vancouver
Tuesday 4 November, doors open at 5pm for a 5.30pm start (bike racks and secure parking at rear of venue)
The Maritime Room, Voyager Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour, downtown Auckland
In association with MRCagney and Auckland Transport.
Chris and Melissa Bruntlett will present a fresh perspective on cycling, as the central voice of Vancouver’s emerging citizen cycling movement.
Focused on utility over speed, and riding in street clothes rather than Lycra, they make cycling an everyday act of pleasurable (and sustainable) mobility.
Chris, Melissa, and their two children, Etienne and Coralie, sold their family car in 2010. They have surprised many, not least of all themselves, with how practical, easy and enjoyable two-wheeled travel is. This includes the multitude of trips to school and activities that are an inevitable part of parenthood. Melissa blogs about their experiences at Modacity, which attracts a global audience fascinated with the (many) triumphs and (few) challenges of their car-free, urban lifestyle.
Their family’s mobility is facilitated by a city that has done better than most in North America to provide bicycle infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities.
Chris and Melissa will focus on what safe and accessible space for cycling means in practical terms, for experiencing the pleasures of the city, and participating in public life.
Their presentation will include a selection of the Vancouver Cycle Chic films, produced by Chris, which intimately profile a number of Vancouverites who cycle for transportation; demonstrating that riding a bike is a way to be “a part of the city, not apart from the city”.
One of the films, Heart and Soul, was recently awarded Best Bicycle Short Film at the New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles.
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