Sustainable Urban Design
Work Group Leaders:
Dr Paola Boarin, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland | firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Emeritus Errol Haarhoff, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland | email@example.com
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.
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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