Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Long weekend

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Normally, Friday is mystery bar day, but since no-one's guessed last week's yet (yes, it is rather obscure: do you need hints?), here's a bunch of random stuff about the weekend instead.
  • Diwali kicks off with a Bollywood dance competition tonight, but the main festival takes place in Civic Square from 3pm on Sunday, culminating in a fireworks display at 10pm.
  • The name Jan Gehl should be familiar to WellUrbanites, and he'll be talking to Kim Hill tomorrow morning on National Radio.
  • The national skateboard champs are being held at Waitangi Park this Saturday & Sunday, at the skatepark next to the new waharoa.
  • Over at The Wellingtonista, Hadyn & I have come up with some Gridskipper-inspired ways to rid yourself of any excess cash. Any other suggestions are most welcome!
  • Not that I need to remind you, but ... Craftwerk!
  • And if you're a member of that tiny sub-sub-sub-demographic who wants to round off Labour Day by jamming with an international dub/electronica star, Canada's Deadbeat will be joining in the bleeping fun at Bleep #3 on Sunday night.


At 5:39 pm, October 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TB: Gehl's evidently doing something in Auckalofa - he is speaking to NZIA up there on the 25th.... maybe Auck can ignore him as well as Welly has....

At 12:35 pm, October 23, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Well, I wouldn't say that Wellington's completely ignored Gehl: the Courtenay Place park and Lambton Quay upgrade seem to be mainly based upon his report. As for his other recommendations, I'll have to have more detailed look and assess how well the council is implementing them. Some have definitely been watered down, and others are on the back burner, but it seems that they are at least following some of his advice for reclaiming the city from cars.


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