There are reoccurring themes that run through the above proposal to Ealing Borough Council. This includes establishing policy, engaging the community and not reinventing the wheel, instead partnering with groups that already have a strong presence in the urban greening/community engagement space.
Today, Auckland and London are worlds apart in terms of density and scale. However, we need to start looking at today’s solutions with a future-ready lens. Our government’s response to the pandemic was one of the many reasons why Auckland was named the worlds’ most liveable city this year.
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Quick-wins for Auckland could include identifying green space in existing plans, focusing on areas of bad air quality, locations near schools, and new developments where the opportunity for urban greening would be easier to implement. It is also important to create a network for greening/green infrastructure. Habitats should be linked and many birds/bats etc utilise these green links.
Additional policy could - and should - introduce vertical greening for new builds, as well as existing buildings such as schools and civic spaces that see a lot of footfall, and will reap the sustainable and visual benefits.
Urban greening is an integral part of any new masterplanned development, including Transit Oriented Development (T.O.Ds) and 20-minute cities, bringing together a people and environment place first design initiative.
Courtenay Northcott is a Team Leader for Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at WSP.
Courtenay has over eight years of experience in the private consultancy sector, in the UK, New Zealand and Australia; she’s worked on several high-profile projects as well as gaining UK Chartership.
Her area of expertise cover projects ranging in scale and complexity. Courtenay uses her knowledge of multidisciplinary designs and relevant design codes across a wide variety of disciplines, ensuring the integration of ‘good design’ into all stages of the project’s life cycle.
Courtenay has experience in public consultations, community forums and workshops, expert witness examinations, as well as extensive experience leading client and design team meetings and workshops. Recently Courtenay has been developing the future streets formula and narrative in conjunction with the WSP Future Mobility Team in the UK, and now works closely with the Transport Planning team in New Zealand on future mobility and cycle infrastructure.