We’re confident that once people see the benefits of this kind of urban living, they’ll be more likely to question the utility (and sustainability) of the quarter-acre dream and an urban sprawl that is now starting to encroach into some of the most fertile soils north and south of the city.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What is the most important thing in this world? It is people, it is people, it is people
In showing people there’s a better urban alternative, bringing them on the journey is key. That’s where community engagement comes into its own.
Locals must be involved – early and often – and engagement with mana whenua is a priority. As experienced place makers, we understand that the community is the expert, and that early engagement and co-design creates the environment for meaning and belonging in our places.
From residents and businesses to corner store retailers and all the agents of city-making that will be affected by new transport and urban infrastructure, involving the entire community means they gain a sense of collective ownership around how projects are developed. And once the ribbon is cut on projects, they will feel a greater sense of belonging.
Bringing together investment in rapid transit with urban development initiatives that are good for people and planet represent a once-in-a-generation city-shaping opportunity. It says a lot about the maturity of Auckland that creating vibrant, safe urban spaces will be a key outcome in their transport plans.
Our hope is that the transport projects soon to be undertaken in Auckland will inspire others around the country to also look to the future in designing more accessible, inclusive, community-oriented cities.