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Architecture Building Construction Housing Land Development Planning

The Universality of Universal Design

I’m a big fan of Universal Design. Lifemark, a commercial division of CCS Disability Action, is a well known advocate for universal design in NZ. The Lifemark Design Standards focus on dwellings and are based on the following five key principles: Usable Adaptable Accessible Safe Lifetime value The seven principles of universal design are much […]

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Architecture Building Housing Land Development

Location, Location, Quality

The recently released Framework for Housing Quality from Stats NZ defines four elements of housing quality: Habitability Environmental sustainability Functionality Social and cultural sustainability Interestingly, the location of a house affects all four of these elements and has a significant impact on overall housing quality. Habitability Habitable houses are physically safe, secure and healthy. Environmental […]

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Architecture Engineering Land Development Landscape Architecture Planning Surveying

Convergence of the Professions

A typical land development project involves a variety of professionals drawing from their respectively diverse bodies of knowledge. Despite this, the outcome sought by you as a developer remains a piece of land or a new building to use or sell. Achieving this outcome requires unprecedented workflow collaboration, usually under the direction of a lead […]