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… Continue reading The Universality of Universal Design

Are Townhouses a Solution to the Housing Crisis?

In May 2019 townhouses comprised 25% of all dwellings consented. But what exactly is a townhouse? Town house A tall, narrow traditional terraced house, generally having three or more floors. A multi-storey house in a modern housing development which is attached to one or more similar houses by shared walls. Google, 2019 I don’t see… Continue reading Are Townhouses a Solution to the Housing Crisis?

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… Continue reading Location, Location, Quality

Kiwibuild, KiwiBuy and Kiwi…Land Recycling

There are currently two landmark housing programmes in New Zealand. One is the somewhat infamous Kiwibuild and the other a lesser known KiwiBuy. But there is an older approach to housing affordability not discussed much these days. Kiwibuild The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development states that KiwiBuild has three core aims: increase home ownership… Continue reading Kiwibuild, KiwiBuy and Kiwi…Land Recycling

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… Continue reading Convergence of the Professions

Economic and Demographic Divergence

Did you know that by 2043 around 75% of kiwis will be living in just 25% of our cities and districts. In fact, a third of New Zealand cities and districts are already struggling to grow. https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/our-new-society/ This means that population composition is becoming more important than population size. It also means that migration is… Continue reading Economic and Demographic Divergence