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Communiqué '08: Eco-districts and Eco-towns

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When:

  • Thu 2 Oct ’08, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where:

Level 3 Exhibition Studio, 26 Symonds St, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Eco-Districts, eco-towns, low carbon development and zero-carbon housing are concepts that are moving from out of the policy agendas and drawing boards and into the light of day for planners and architects in Europe. In England there is much debate about the proposed eco-towns - a policy response to climate change, the need for more sustainable living and increased housing supply. In Scandinavia, eco-districts are already under development and being 'tried out' by their first residents. The English Eco-towns policy and two Scandinavian eco-districts - Hammarby Sjostad (a large brownfield waterfront site in Stockholm) and Viikki (a greenfield site in Helsinki) - provide contrasting ways forward for urban New Zealand.

Tricia Austin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at The University of Auckland. She has a long involvement with the development of policies, strategies and plans for increasing the supply of good quality, sustainable, affordable housing in New Zealand. Research leave earlier this year enabled her to spend time in Stockholm, Helsinki and England.

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