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The following posts are filed under: Urbanism & Towns.

Party time: Looking back, and forwards to the future!

You may have noticed Talk Wellington is pretty buzzy…. we’ve launched our future (there was a party!) and we want you with us! Here’s Convenor Isabella on Launching the Future and the post-party buzz

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Nimbys, Bananas and beyond

Author Max Rashbrooke talks of beautiful neighbourhoods and challenges those who say no to the new.

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Give it a whirl, let’s suck it and see!

Trying stuff out, seeing what works, giving things a whirl – it’s the best way to change streets cheaply, quickly and lightly. Urbanism wonks call it “tactical urbanism” (secret: it’s the same thing!). Here’s the great talk that inspired Braden’s post Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper.

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On the frontlines of tactical urbanism: lighter, quicker, cheaper with Steven Burgess

“We shape our streets, and thereafter they shape us” – but then we can shape them back. And it needn’t be a huge, expensive, fraught undertaking. Tactical urbanism guru Steven Burgess has been in Aotearoa-NZ, rattling a few cages and opening eyes, and guest poster Braden went along. 

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When a Third Place Actually Means We’re Winning

Talk of the new kids’ playground design in Wellington had a few grown ups asking about play this week – what about us? Where can grown ups go for active play? Talk Welly is wondering – is easy access to a free and relaxing ‘third place’ the key to #winning in this game called life?

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Talking transport in Te Upoko o te Ika: Monday 30 Jul

Our regular round up of the week’s goings on with getting around.

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Mall That I Want

Back in November, guest poster Bob observed how Johnsonvilleans, with the patience of Job, were awaiting their much-vaunted upgrade to Wellington’s Original Mall. Here we are in July. We’ve had a whale, but the mall’s …  um… ah…

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Malls Mauled

Guest author Jessica de Heij is bemused by Kiwis’ love of malls.

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Hate the System? Change the System!

Wish it wasn’t so hard to do the sustainable, climate-friendly thing in everyday life? You’re not alone! NZ’s systems make it much too hard (and much too easy to do the opposite).
But the Zero Carbon Act is a first step towards fixing The System – so it’s easier for us to be better. Tell them your “Yeah!” by 19th July!

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NZ urban design: We can do so much, much better say the professionals

Change is a coming in the form of this new Ministry. Will it take on board new ideas? Urban design professionals say we need new ideas and fast – will they be listened to? Our very busy Minister of Housing and Urban Development (and let’s not forget Transport!), Phil Twyford, is getting ready to sit…

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