Half the world’s population - and over 85 per cent of New Zealanders – now live in cities and settlements.
In the context of increasingly rapid flows of goods, capital, people, customs, diseases, information and ideas, this presents both enormous challenges as well as a diverse array of opportunities. This theme explores and addresses some of the ways in which we can make our cities and settlements better, safer and healthier.
In October 2014, Dr Suzanne Vallance helped organise and support (through her Marsden Fast Start project on 'rehumanising urban management') Gap Filler convene the International Congress on Adaptive Urbanism here in Christchurch. Nearly 70 people attended, from Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany, Venezuela, France, Poland and Denmark. These planners, architects, developers, community activists, government officials, artists were interested in the wide range of adaptive urban projects you can see in the city, from pavement art to Re:Start. The Report on the Congress is available here.