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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.

Please note: The Auckland Conversations event with London's Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property Richard Blakeway scheduled for Wednesday 3 September (featured in OurAuckland August 2014 edition) has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Auckland - the rise of a design-led city

Ludo Campbell-Reid - Auckland Council
Pip and Nat Chesire - Cheshire Architects
Mark Fraser - Hobsonville Land Company

Thursday 25 September. Doors open at 5pm for a 5.30pm start.
Aotea Centre, Lower NZI Conference Room, Auckland central

In association with Jalcon Homes and the New Zealand Institute of Architects

All great cities have vibrant and pulsating centres - think Melbourne, Vancouver, Barcelona, London and New York. In recent years Auckland has shown an ambition which rivals these other cities and to which Aucklanders and visitors are getting excited about. The changes have been dramatic and they have been quick. No longer ridiculed as “the city of cars” Auckland has turned a corner and is gaining worldwide attention for its efforts.

Join us at the next Auckland Conversations and find out how Auckland is becoming a design-led city through the delivery of a stunning, well-connected, world-class centre.

Hear from keynote speaker, Auckland Council design champion, Ludo Campbell-Reid and the architects and developers who are transforming and revitalising Auckland through the design of homes, streetscapes, public spaces and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings.

A design-led city is essential to Auckland's economic vitality and its drive to become an internationally competitive city. But this approach extends beyond just the city centre with projects across the region bringing design to the forefront.

Examples of the design-led approach across Auckland include:

  • the new Waiheke Library 
  • MIT’s new smart campus in Manukau
  • the New Lynn Transit-Oriented Development
  • the rebuild of the iconic Pt Resolution Bridge
  • sustainable housing, neighborhood design and development at Hobsonville Point
  • Britomart hospitality and retail precinct
  • the shared spaces programme which has transformed O’Connell and
    Federal Streets and that is in the running to win the Best New Zealand Walking Facility
  • the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery.

The design-led city approach is a collaborative process between the public and private sectors. It embeds design thinking into the vision and plans for the region and unlocks the creative minds of business, government and Aucklanders so that the city's design and its adaptive response to place, context and culture will, in time, be seen as its competitive edge - its point of difference in the world.

Learn how the Auckland Design Manual will provide a new platform for a design-led Auckland, helping us all to improve the design performance of our projects as clients, designers and planners of our city.

This event is held in conjunction with Auckland Architecture Week (New Zealand Institute of Architects) and World Green Building Week (New Zealand Green Building Council).

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