Sustainable Urban Design

Designing neighbourhoods for sustainable living: Hobsonsonville Point, Auckland.

Work Group Leaders:

Dr Paola Boarin, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland |
Prof Emeritus Errol Haarhoff, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland |


The Sustainable Urban Design (SUD) Working Group gathers experts from around the world to research and discuss sustainable urban design issues and approaches. The aim is to share knowledge so that we can better understand the particularities of context as well as help identify more general, universally applicable solutions and ways of thinking about urban sustainability. The working group invites researchers and practitioners from built environment disciplines including urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering, to name a few.

At previous conferences we have focussed discussion around case studies of sustainable urban design for people and places around the Pacific Rim. This has been presented and discussed, and aspects of this work now being published in the proposed APRU Handbook. Among the issues that remain relevant is better understanding the drivers-of-change across the Pacific, impacted by disruptive technologies, while enhancing well-being, living at higher densities, responding to climate change and being environmentally responsible.

We now propose to move the discussion towards what actions need to be taken in cities around the Pacific to give effect to sustainable urban design policies and practices. We also aim to align the discussions to the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and better understand the challenges involved. Of special interest, is to identify what actions and consequences may be universal across the Pacific, and what may be shaped by the particular contexts of peoples and places. We see the Auckland conference as an opportunity to define a collaborative research programme, leading to outcomes that can be presented at the next conference in Hawai’i.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU

As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.