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

Friday, September 07, 2007

Urban September

It's a big month for those interested in the urban environment. First of all, you still have time to register for the aBc ideas competition: just send an email to intenscity@wcc.govt.nz with the words "aBc Design Competition" in the subject line. As Erentz pointed out, there is indeed a slight discrepancy in the entry form, and the deadline for entries is actually Monday the 24th of September. The organisers have now made high-res aerial photography of the area (4.7MB PDF) available for entrants' use.

IntensCITY logoThe aBc competition is just part of IntensCITY week (27th September - 5th October), details of which are gradually being added to the site. As well as all the installations, exhibitions, artists in residence and competitions, there will be a series of lunchtime talks about the past, present and future of urbanism in Wellington. I'm also gradually getting around to adding ZoomIn places for all the relevant venues and locations, with an interactive map to link them all together, and I'll promote the idea of using those ZoomIn place pages as fora for discussions, adding images and so on.

Next weekend (Sunday the 16th), there will also be a Mayoral Candidates' Forum on the built environment, in the Board Room at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea at 2pm. So far, the confirmed candidates are Ray Ahipene-Mercer, Kerry Prendergast, Helene Ritchie, Bryan Pepperell and John McGrath, so given the widely disparate views that those candidates hold on the subject, it could be a lively debate to say the least. Is anyone going to put up their hand for a combination of dense urbanism and world-class public transport? Hello? Anyone?


At 3:10 pm, September 07, 2007, Blogger Seamonkey Madness said...

Hi-res map? Puh-lease!

At 3:24 pm, September 07, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

Actually, you're right: I just glanced at it when I was saving it, and now that I try to zoom in I find that it's not that great. LINZ's version might be a better bet, and if you want really high-res you could try grabbing some screenshots from the council's WebMap: better than Google if you don't mind the cadastral boundaries superimposed.

At 9:25 am, September 10, 2007, Blogger Seamonkey Madness said...

Not even enough room to swing a cat!

At 1:15 pm, September 17, 2007, Blogger Gregory said...

Please forgive that this is only slightly related; I couldn't find an email address to send this directly to...

World Car Free Day is fast approaching (one week and counting) and I haven't seen many mentions of it this year. (I noticed, too, as I was flipping around the website, they have an interesting design document for urban recapture.)

Personally, I'm relatively unchanged by the event, given that I live and die by the bus schedule for the working day, but I'd like to see a day where there aren't a thousand single-headed cars and trucks passing by my window seat on the way to work.


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