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The following posts are filed under: Urbanism & Towns.

Together we stand, divided we Mall

A further look under the lid of the great and the not-so-great of Wellington shopping centres.   While Johnsonvillians, with the patience of Job, await the bulldozers that will herald the start of work on their Shopping Centre revamp, I thought I would follow up my last article with a closer look under the bonnet…

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X-ray goggles and imagination: what do we see in our towns?

Seeing your hometown with fresh eyes is always a good thing, even (especially) when that’s a bit uncomfortable. Lured by the challenging concept of “Re-Māorifying”, Talk Wellington’s Isabella Cawthorn found some home truths and fresh perspectives about Porirua – and all our towns.   It was too good to be a coincidence. I was reading…

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Weekend Reading – 29.10.17

Complement your eggs on toast this weekend with some tasty sides of future energy (it’s not that radical – the Auzzies are doing it) and the future (maybe) of Wellington city.  Mmmmm!   Get your solar on!   Cool stuff happening in the world of green energy powering cities: last month South Australia’s electricity demand…

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Weekend Reading – Saturday 21.10.17

This week TalkWellington’s had a mole at the Asian Pacific Cycle Congress (a gathering of bike-geeky types talking about how to get more people biking), held in Christchurch/Ōtautahi.   We’ll distil the most interesting morsels for you later, but for now: things that struck us comparing our Wellington region towns and the Garden City. Rebuilding after…

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Weekend Reading – Saturday 7.10.17

SATURDAY 7.10.17 Talk Wellington’s weekend pick ’n’ mix for your reading pleasure Women in Cities? Cities for Everyone? Whatever next! First up is a recent Stuff article about Woman in Urbanism (WIU) movement. It’s a growing movement worldwide, and NZ’s first such group formed in June and aims to bring gender equality to Auckland city’s…

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From Eminence to Evidence – Smart City planning

In this age of big data, “smart cities” are gathering and using data to inform decisions about the places we live. Sean Audain looks at how this is happening in Wellington, and what it means for our engagement with our city.   The intertwined systems of a city can seem as complex as a living…

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You SHALL go to the Mall…

Dunne’s done, but Johnsonville Shopping Centre soldiers on: TalkWellington takes a closer look at the decade-long renovation saga and what it might mean for the future of Wellington retail. They’ve been leaching away for a while now. First it was the odd shop that remained shuttered when the others opened for the day’s trading. Then…

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 Weekend Reading – 26.08.17

SATURDAY 26.8.17 Weekend Reading There’s loads of interesting stuff out there about towns and what makes them good (or not) to live in – far too much for us to write about.  So each weekend TalkWellington offers you a random pick’n’mix of interesting stuff we’ve been reading. For your enjoyment, here’s this week’s. Auckland: eating…

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“Let’s go for a walk!” But where?

Whether you’re hearing “Let’s go for a walk!”  from someone excitable with four legs, or two, or both, it’s surprisingly hard to know where it’s OK to have the kids and the family dog.  A Wellington mapper and data geek has come to the rescue. Here is data geek (and dog-lover and runner) Aimee Whitcroft’s…

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Facing towards our water

Why do we love being near water? The best bits of Wellington’s towns bring people to water, and Riverlink is now turning Lower Hutt’s face to Te Awa Kairangi. The Hutt River, Te Awa Kairangi, has been engineered hard over the last century to reduce the frequency of flooding (and massively raising the stakes).  Despite…

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