Spring Lecture Series 2017

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Sarah Rothwell

The 2017 NZIA Spring Lecture Series boasted a bill of speakers more diverse than ever before. This year’s theme centred on the issues around ‘Changing Cities’; intensification, urbanisation, architecture, infrastructure, waste, culture, history, the past and the future.

An excerpt from the brief given to our speakers:

"Our cities are changing at an exponential rate – we’re under the collective pressures and concerns of needing to house our growing population; to provide infrastructure; to embrace diversity; to respect our natural environment and be future-focused.

If our current mind-set around urban growth continues, we face the increasing loss of the natural environment and a trend towards fragmented communities. As a creative community how can we redefine and champion models that give us choice and that sustain our future?"

A special thanks to the series sponsors: Steel & Tube and COLORSTEEL for making this Series possible. And an additional thank you for the support of the Jasmax's Design Forum and Women in Urbanism.

This year's Series was an incredible successes, with over 600 people visiting the Jasmax Auckland studio across the three evenings. A mix of general public, architects, designers and community advocates coming together to share stories and ideas. Thanks to all who came along.

Night 1:

Melbourne-based, Jeremy McLeod (Breathe Architecture), opened this year's Series. Jeremy is a well-known architect and advocate for high quality housing that is ecologically, socially and financially sustainable. Talking specifically about Nightingale Housing, Jeremy was introduced by Urban Designer, Tim Robinson from Jasmax. A panel discussion followed, with powerhouse insight from Leonie Freeman, NZ-based Housing Strategist.

Night 2:

Night two brought Rachel de Lambert’s (Boffa Miskell) adventures with Auckland Council’s policies on urban design and development, stories behind the CBD’s Commercial Bay (Blair Johnston, Warren & Mahoney), and John Belford-Lelaulu. John discussed humanitarian work and how it’s taken him from South Auckland to New York, the Philippines and to Santiago, Chile.

Night 3:

The final night of the 2017 NZIA Spring Lecture Series offered the stage to three speakers from three equally inspiring backgrounds. Generation Zero’s, Greer Rasmussen, campaigning for “a safe thriving zero carbon Aotearoa,” Auckland’s Transport’s Kathryn King who, with years of experience in biking capitals of the world, puts Auckland in an international context with the city’s new cycle transport infrastructure. Our final guest Amiria Puia-Taylor, spoke about her role in various communities as 'The People Weaver'; a role that is inspired by the histories and mahi of our Waiohua tupuna Hua kai waka - Progenitor of Tāmaki makaurau who was the ultimate 'People Weaver.”

Jeremy McLeod, Breathe Architects + Nightingale Housing

We are excited to have confirmed Melbourne based Architect Jeremy McLeod from Breathe Architecture. Jeremy will talk about Nightingale Housing, a not-for-profit social enterprise that exists to "support, promote and advocate high quality housing that is ecologically, socially and financially sustainable.”

Nightingale Housing has invited architects to apply to undertake their own Nightingale projects and join them in the movement for design-led impact. This concept has real potential to be applied in New Zealand to deliver affordable, well-designed housing.

Jeremy will hold a keynote speaker role for the opening night, which will then be followed by a panel discussion. Jeremy will be joined by:

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Tim Robinson, Urban Design, Jasmax

Introducing the 2017 Series is specialist Urban Designer and Architect (UK), Tim Robinson. Tim is passionate about innovative ways of creating homes and neighbourhoods that are more affordable and higher quality.

His experience includes urban regeneration projects in Auckland, Christchurch, England and Scotland, with interests in participative community design and planning, innovative finance and ownership, social and special needs housing, volume prefabrication, self-build, and high performance construction methods. He currently works on master-planning and dwelling design for Tāmaki Regeneration Company, and chairs a Design Panel for Hobsonville Land Company.

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Leonie Freeman

Leonie Freeman has spent over 25 years in the property industry disrupting and transforming businesses.

This has included launching realenz.co.nz – now known as realestate.co.nz as well as buying, transforming and selling a property management company.

In the past 8 years she has focused on a contribution in the public sector which included being brought into Housing New Zealand as the General Manager of Development with responsibility to turn it around. This broadened her social housing experience and at the request of then Minister of Finance, she led a strategic review of the Social Housing Programme 2 years ago.

She has been a director of the listed company – Goodman Property Trust since 2011.

Last year she launched a philanthropic and independent initiative with the sole purpose of solving Auckland’s housing crisis called thehomepage.nz and was the Chair of the recent Auckland Housing Summit. She has been a regular and sought after print, radio and TV commentator.

Leonie is a Life Member of the Property Institute, was awarded the Supreme Property Award for 2017 and was a finalist in the recent Westpac Women of Influence Awards

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Rachel de Lambert, Boffa Miskell

Landscape Architect, Partner Boffa Miskell, Rachel has spent some 30 years as a landscape architect working primarily in the areas of experience in Auckland's public realm; masterplanning and related plan changes; and in project specific design and development. She is committed to ensuring that the public realm and urban amenity are prioritised.

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Blair Johnston, Warren & Mahoney

Blair, a director of Warren & Mahoney, will present Commercial Bay, Downtown Auckland's new commercial, retail and hospitality precinct. The development is described as a rare opportunity to recreate a whole city block in the heart of the CBD. The site redevelopment sits atop a subterranean infrastructure required below ground to accommodate tunnels for the city’s sorely needed underground City Rail Link.

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John Belford-Lelaulu

John, a recent architectural graduate and finalist in the 2015 Student Design Awards, is one of the next up and coming voices from a South-Auckland, and Sāmoan, perspective. With a passion for connecting community and architecture, John has made significant waves working with Roots: the Creative Entrepreneurs, and with similar organisations in New York and South East Asia, and has recently started his own collective with fellow graduates, called MAU.

This October, John travels to Santiago, Chile, to be part of a build project to refurbish an existing home for a family who have children with physical disabilities. The "Nuestros Hijos Vuelven a Casa" (our children come home) program he joins partners with hospitals, foundations and health centres that work diligently for the wellbeing, recovery, and rehabilitation of sick children. John’s call to action is to learn from the process and, with a group of students, professionals and families, apply it to New Zealand where many people are affected by the same issues of inadequate housing and poverty.

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Greer Rasmussen, Generation Zero

Greer’s talk will focus on Generation Zero's initiative of a new City Masterplan; to revive Auckland's city centre and build Auckland strategically going forward. They see this as a basis for creating a more dense, liveable and carbon friendly city for future generations. A history of Auckland will be touched on in order to understand the social, environmental and cultural factors that have organically shaped Auckland and have led to the current issues that affect our environment and lifestyles.

Generation Zero is a youth-led organisation that was founded with the central purpose of promoting solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities and independence from fossil fuels.

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Kathryn King, Auckland Transport

After decades of congestion on our roads as well as the environmental cost we are starting to see a groundswell of support for change. Forty-five thousand people started riding in 2016 and there has been a 62 percent increase in cycle trips in the city centre since 2013. Kathryn King is Auckland Transport’s Manager for Walking, Cycling, and Road Safety. She says, “We are starting to see signs of what other cities around the world have experienced over the past decade. When you meaningfully invest in a well-planned cycling network, people will leave the car at home and take the bike to work or study.”

Auckland is experiencing a biking boom with big numbers taking to two wheels and confidence in cycling at an all-time high. Kathryn discusses how and why we’re beginning to see groundswell of support for change for a more attractive viable future offering ”people the kind of travel choices that are expected from a world class city like Auckland.”

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Amiria Puia-Taylor, Ngāti Te Ata Waiōhua / Ngaati Tiipa / Ngati Karika (Cook Is), Pōmare (Tahiti) and Schwalger (Samoan)

Amiria received one of three Pasifika Internships administered by Tautai under the Creative New Zealand Pasifika internship initiative in 2014. She has worked closely with and learnt from (Dame) Kahurangi Ngāneko Mahinnick, who was responsible for fighting for some of the laws around water rights for Māori and early Waitangi Tribunal & land occupation marches.

She’s been a Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau representative on behalf of her Iwi Ngāti Te Ata Waiōhua (This is a Tāmaki based iwi) and is a young leader coming through for both her Māori and pasifika communities ...... as The People Weaver - weaving people together, kia tika.

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This series was made possible by the following Sponsors:

An additional thank you to the support of:

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