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Smarter urban design

With almost 87 per cent of New Zealand’s population living in towns and cities, it stands to reason that we need smart urban design and planning that meets people’s needs.

The Year of the Built Environment 2005 was a measure of our commitment to prioritising good urban design. A collaboration between the Government, the New Zealand Institute of Architects and a consortium of local government, industry, research organisations and professional institutes, the campaign challenged people to consider the impact of the built environment in their lives.

It also signalled the launch of the Urban Design Protocol, a voluntary commitment that identified seven key design qualities: context, character, choice, connections, creativity, custodianship and collaboration.

The protocol was one of the first partnerships developed between the Ministry and practitioners and its success has made a lasting contribution to the quality of urban design and planning practice in our cities.



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