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    Zeroing in: A community-based approach to the design of public space for zero-carbon living
    (Architectural Science Association and RMIT University, Australia, 2022-12-01) Wake, Sue; Sommerville, P.; Unitec, Te Pūkenga; Te Pūkenga; Dr. Parisa Izadpanahi and Dr. Francesca Perugia
    This paper addresses our need to shift to a zero-carbon lifestyle. It begins by considering how public space can contribute to this and what other cities are doing about it. A case is then made for a community-based participatory approach, as it will empower people within the process of climate change mitigation. Results from participant surveysin the chosen study area of Rānui, an outer suburb of Auckland, wasfollowed by consultation workshops with community members. These were incorporated into a research-by-design process that has identified some key ways this community would like to see public space adapt in pursuit of a zero-carbon lifestyle. This research presents a holistic, integrated approach to emissions reduction which is meaningful and relevant for communities, and puts landscape architecture at the centre of the solution.
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    Status and implementation of integrated green-grey infrastructure in residential street retrofitting
    (2022-12-02) Wang, Xinxin; Unitec, Te Pūkenga; Te Pūkenga
    Since the early 20th century, residential streets in low-density suburban neighbourhoods in developed countries have been designed as car-oriented, wide, paved spaces. These conventionally designed streets have increasingly been associated with environmental and social problems. These problems may be mitigated by integrated green-grey infrastructure (IGGI), an innovative infrastructure that combines vegetation features with non-living materials to achieve multiple functions. However, there is little literature on IGGI development and implementation in residential street retrofits. This research aims to fill in this gap in the current landscape research. It will investigate the research status of integrated green-grey infrastructure in residential street retrofitting. In addition, it will determine the extent to which integrated green and grey infrastructures are implemented in retrofits. Furthermore, it will identify enablers and barriers to integrated green-grey infrastructure implementation. The study will consist of two phases. First, it will undertake a systematic review of the literature to determine the research status of integrated green-grey infrastructure. Second, using New Zealand streets as case studies, key informants will be interviewed to identify the extent of, enablers for, and barriers to the implementation of integrated green-grey infrastructure. The outcome of this research will draw a clear picture of IGGI research and implementation at the street level. Hence, it will be relevant for researchers, policymakers and landscape design practitioners.
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    Managed retreat: Climate change and the polycentric urban region
    (2022-10-12) Bradbury, Matthew; Unitec Institute of Technology
    The things that made Tāmaki Makaurau so desirable to Māori and Pākehā now make the city vulnerable to the effects of climate change; sea-level rise and flooding. Let’s think about how we as LAs engage with a potentially decentralised city to keep people safe from the effects of climate change and to rebuild indigenous biodiversity
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    Identifying the barriers to building back better : a case study of Christchurch (Ōtautahi), New Zealand
    (2019-07) Matthewman, S.; Byrd, Hugh; Kenney, C.; Uekusa, S.; Unitec Institute of Technology; Tonkin & Taylor
    BROAD FOCUS: how to build sustainability into the city of Christchurch following the 2010-11 earthquakes NARROW FOCUS: the place of renewable energy in this process RESEARCH METHODS: • Key-informant interviews • Informal meetings • Participant observation • Document analysis • Official Information Act requests We can’t agree on what constitutes “better” Unintended consequences: doing good might be doing bad Many want to build back the same (ChristChurch Cathedral) Rebuild mandates (e.g. PPPs) and insurance payments reinforced this (“like for like” replacements) Capital flight/lack of capital That other city problem: Auckland Governance structures: “confusopoly” & the “tragedy of the anti-commons”, alphabet agencies CBD already in decline (BBB = Baptist churches, brothels & band practice rooms) New environmental challenges: sinking city, rising sea, drinking water contamination
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    Joseph Brodsky’s and Carlo Scarpa’s Venetian incantations : reflections,and evocations
    (2020-09-19) Rennie, Julian; Unitec Institute of Technology