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Idealog—in the ideas business

  • Budget 2012: SOE sale takings earmarked for new infrastructure fund

    2012-05-24 14:00:01 //
    The government plans to establish a new Future Investment Fund with the proceeds from SOE asset sales, which is expected to amount to $5-7 billion.
  • Wanted: Data-rich Canterbury projects

    2011-11-29 09:30:56 // // The Idealog Blog
    Land Information New Zealand has put out a call for consultants to scope work to accelerate the development of spatial data infrastructure by funding projects in Canterbury.
  • It's time to face up to yesterday's shocks and grow our future

    2011-08-25 12:14:33 // // Idealog #34: workshop | 1 comment
    What if we mapped our key city, Auckland, into its own bioregions? Or Christchurch, or even Hamilton? What if we identified the social capital and ecological resources available and mapped them over existing infrastructure?
  • Govt four-year plan: $17b on infrastructure

    2011-07-04 16:44:08 // | 1 comment
    The Government is set to spend more than $17 billion on infrastructure in the next four years.
  • Kiwi illustrator and animator Kieran Rynhart gets global

    2011-03-14 14:15:26 // // The Idealog Blog
    Kiwi illustrator and animator Kieran Rynhart has beaten out 6,000 submissions to be selected as one of Luerzerʼs Archive Best 200 Illustrators Worldwide for 2010/2011. His submission, titled ʻSt. Brendanʼ, was picked by a panel of the worlds industry-leading art directors, creative directors and illustrators.
  • Big love for Christchurch

    2011-02-22 15:45:07 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Much sympathy and concern to our friends and colleagues in Christchurch. Your loss is ours. And let us know about how you and your workplaces are affected. We’re keen to hear and help. Just add your news to the comment thread. Also, Google has created this people finder if you're concerned about anyone in Christchurch.
  • International lessons for NZ’s infrastructure development

    2011-02-10 14:21:21 // // The Idealog Blog
    Whe Len Brown became the first Mayor of the new Auckland Super City, he immediately pledged an ambitious goal to make Auckland “the most liveable city in the world”. The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) says the government could learn a lesson or two from a recent study trip undertaken by its chief executive Stephen Selwood and Paul Buetow, infrastructure partner at law firm Kensington Swan.
  • Drink from every fountain

    2011-02-01 06:00:00 // // The Idealog Blog
    While London practically hyperventilates with excitement at the news of an impending royal wedding and that ring, a more subtle celebration of royal jewels is taking place in its parks.
  • Auckland’s animated public transport

    2011-01-21 06:00:00 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    We absolutely love this animated map of Auckland’s public transport network. It’s the clever creation of Chris McDowall, who describes it as “...the map I used to daydream about”. As a child sitting on the bus, McDowall says he’d wonder “...what the transportation network would look like if we could see the movements of the individual vehicles from the air”. After Auckland Transport published its Google Transit Feed data on the MAXX website last year, McDowall created a software that brought the animated map to life, showing the increasing movements of public transport vehicles over the day, starting from 3am on a Monday morning. Check it out here.
  • The art of place making and creating resilient cities: Two-day Workshop with David Engwicht

    2011-01-17 09:52:07 // // The Idealog Blog
    David Engwicht is one of the world’s most innovative thinkers on creating vibrant public spaces, and now the founder of Creative Communities International is heading our way in March to hold workshops across the country. Here are the details.
  • New centre seeks to bolster Enzed’s infrastructure through greater access to emerging technologies

    2010-12-10 11:22:22 // // The Idealog Blog
    Auckland University’s Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR)—created to improve infrastructure decision-making and management through research, training and policy development—was launched yesterday in Wellington at a function held at Parliament.
  • What’s the economic value of Auckland’s waterfront redevelopment?

    2010-12-06 12:40:15 // // The Idealog Blog
    For the Auckland region, it’s $4.29 billion by 2040, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers study commissioned by public agency Sea+City Projects and released by Minister of Transport, Steven Joyce. And what of its projected social and environmental benefits?
  • 0.9 friends—the consequences of traffic on your street

    2010-11-26 09:30:47 // // The Idealog Blog
    While we’re now all confirming a myriad of friends on Facebook, in 1981, having friends was directly proportional to how much motorised traffic appeared on your street, and it probably still does. According to Professor Donald Appleyard’s Liveable Streets study, light or heavy traffic could define residents’ social and recreational experiences—from how many friends they have to how they visually depict their street
  • Multidisciplinary design competition on the hunt for your resilient ideas

    2010-11-10 15:54:44 // // The Idealog Blog
    Reckon you’ve got a few creative and intelligent ideas floating around about how to best design more resilient communities? As part of a new competition, the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering is on the lookout for proposals that will increase the resilience of cities and communities affected by earthquakes and tsunamis, with a focus on aiding recovery and social regeneration to affected areas.
  • Designing an internationally competitive city

    2010-11-09 15:30:36 // // The Idealog Blog
    Following a recent Cabinet meeting, Nick Smith and Rodney Hide have shared their thoughts on Auckland’s spatial plan and how central government will work with the Auckland Council to develop the first spatial plan. And both agree, not surprisingly, that the plan will enable Auckland to play a critical role as a key link to the global economy.
  • Enlightened approach needed for cities of the future

    2010-11-08 16:07:24 // // The Idealog Blog
    The world’s cities are growing quickly. By 2020 the planet’s urban population is set to soar to around four billion, placing more pressure on cities that are already struggling to cope with their existing populations. Michael Downie, general manager Philips Lighting New Zealand and Australia, comments on the recent World Cities Summit and the role of lighting in making cities more liveable.
  • Transforming cities through light

    2010-10-28 11:36:06 // // The Idealog Blog
    New energy efficient, digital lighting technologies are being used to brand cities, revitalise public spaces, and deliver benefits including major cost savings, safer roads and lower greenhouse gas emissions. And a series of seminars in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington are set to highlight how this new generation of urban lighting solutions are transforming cities around the world.
  • A National Spatial Plan?

    2010-10-28 10:10:49 // // The Idealog Blog
    The desire to see an alignment between Auckland’s Spatial Plan and the National Infrastructure Plan was just one of the messages gleaned from a recent meeting in Auckland, featuring over 60 leaders in the infrastructure sector. Representatives from central and local government and the private sector were also in attendance. The meeting— facilitated by the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development and professional services company GHD—was held in a bid to help shape thinking for the next National Infrastructure Plan.
  • Weekly Chew: Once a builder and now an architect, Logan Reilly says inspiration comes in all sorts of sizes

    2010-10-06 11:22:27 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    From unique baches to community centres, Logan Reilly muses over creating exceptional spaces that each become dream commissions.
  • Auckland’s Spatial Plan goes under the microscope

    2010-09-30 15:19:04 // // The Idealog Blog
    In downtown Auckland last night a host of Auckland business and local government leaders converged to listen as an expert panel shared their ideas on what the Auckland Spatial Plan could look like, how policymakers and ratepayers could contribute and interact with it, and how the plan could benefit the rest of New Zealand.
  • A spin on Auckland’s urban design

    2010-09-28 12:18:36 // // The Idealog Blog
    High profile architect/urban designers Christina Van Bohemen, Barry Copeland and James Lunday will each be delivering a show and tell of their urban design ideas for the Supercity, as part of a panel discussion this coming Thursday. The event is part of Cycle Action Auckland Inc AGM, which will kick off with Ludo Campbell-Reid's 'Urban design for a Super City' presentation.
  • Harbour crossing x 2 please

    2010-09-27 16:53:45 // // The Idealog Blog
    A second harbour crossing is what Aucklanders most want from their Supercity candidates, according to a new nationwide ShapeNZ survey, which asked respondents to set priorities for four major projects being discussed by candidates for the new super city council. And it seems that New Zealand as a whole have a similar view on what Auckland’s top project priority should be.
  • Placemaking NZ forum: Creating amazing public spaces

    2010-09-27 14:04:32 // // The Idealog Blog
    Creating public spaces which make people feel at home is the guiding philosophy that defines ‘placemaking’—an urban design and community development model that focuses on creating amazing public spaces. And next month, Placemaking New Zealand (PMNZ) will be holding it’s second annual forum, which is open to anyone working in urban design, infrastructure & community development throughout the country.
  • French Fizz

    2010-09-24 12:18:08 // // The Idealog Blog
    Always outdoing us all in sophistication and classiness, the French are at it again with their latest water fountain creation, launched earlier this week. It’s no ordinary drinking fountain mind you. This one is nestled in the midst of a Parisian garden and rather than distributing ordinary still water, it gushes forth with sparkling water as well as still. And the wooden facade is a touch more stylish than ordinary fountains. It's all so—French.
  • Why it’s imperative central government is involved in preserving our heritage buildings

    2010-09-23 11:57:57 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    With the Government's announcement that it will contribute $10 million in addition to local funding to assist with the repair, restoration and strengthening of heritage and character buildings in the Canterbury region, comes news that three buildings on Wellington’s Willis street—all over 100 years old—are being demolished, without any public notification. But the owners of heritage buildings that fall under similar fate aren't necessarily to blame.
  • Submission extension for Rotorua’s Urban Design Framework

    2010-09-22 10:13:30 // // The Idealog Blog
    Time is of the essence and if you’re a Rotorua local, you’ve just been granted more time—until October 15 in fact—to provide feedback on Rotorua District Council’s (RDC) Urban Design Framework, which seeks to provide an overarching concept and direction for new and existing developments and activities in the city centre.
  • New agenda set for creating a sustainable Wellington

    2010-09-08 10:01:47 // // The Idealog Blog | 2 comments
    Emerging partially out of a ‘fit of gloom’, Property Council New Zealand has opened a debate in Wellington about what it will take to super-charge the city, commencing with the launch this month of an agenda-setting publication titled The Future Of Our Capital.
  • Auckland – it ain’t no Tokyo, Paris or London

    2010-09-06 11:28:16 // // The Idealog Blog
    On Thursday evening our man on the street Simon Todd ventured into Auckland Museum’s LATE event, ‘Late Innovate: City’, to take stock of what columnist Rod Oram, architect Pete Bossley, urban historian Chris Harris and panel chair Finlay Macdonald had to say about the direction of Auckland’s Supercity.
  • Straddling traffic congestion

    2010-09-03 11:45:43 // // The Idealog Blog
    What better way to optimise road space and ease traffic jams than by creating a bus that doesn’t require its own lane, but rather drives over cars on the road? The "three-dimensional fast bus" allows cars less than 2 meters high to travel underneath the upper level carrying passengers, and it's coming to Beijing.
  • Nick Smith gets spatial on design

    2010-09-02 17:07:28 // // The Idealog Blog
    The state of urban planning in New Zealand has been a contentious issue for sometime now, and in a recent speech to the New Zealand Planning Institute at their Auckland Spatial Plan conference, Nick Smith revealed the Government’s plans to make urban and infrastructure planning a more effective process, both nationally and in the context of Auckland’s Super City.
  • Seeking urban design brilliance

    2010-07-16 12:36:36 // // The Idealog Blog
    If you fancy yourself or your company as a dab-hand in urban design, make sure you enter the WAN AWARDS 2010 for the Urban Design Sector.
  • Putting the fun back into, er, infrastructure

    2010-06-29 12:48:32 // // The Idealog Blog :: The Idealist
    From the why-didn’t-they-do-it department, the grain edit blog has a sweet collection of scans from Power Styling, a 1964 book setting out some ideas to improve the US electricity infrastructure. Pretty cool.
  • Bigger, faster, more productive

    2010-03-11 16:20:53 // // The Idealog Blog | 2 comments
    An entrepreneurial dream team is set to finally give Kiwis the internet as it should be—fast and uncapped. Oh, and lend a hand to our Australian cobbers too.