Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Planning in Australia

John Smith from ARC worked on Australia before coming to NZ 5 years ago. What key differences between the NZ and Australia planning systems and processes were identified during the session?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Planning in Australia

Today we looked at the planning in Australia.

Whitney Taylor, the recent BPlan graduate from our university, who now works in Australia, gave us an introduction on Australia's planning system and issues related to Sydney through an internet video link.

Unfortunately, the link was not stable and reliable enough. We lost connections a few times.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Assignment 1 articles to post and share

Students at The University of Auckland have been writing articles for their first assignment explaining the approach of a place outside NZ to an aspect of urban sustainability.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Questionnaire for Lectures on Fiji

Please leave comments within this blog.

What is a squatter settlement?
Illegal settlement
Without permission from landowner
pollcode.com free polls

What proportion of Fijian population live in squatter settlements?
0ver 20%
pollcode.com free polls

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Planning in Fiji

Today we started to look at the issues facing planning in Fiji. Students had the opportunity to see an interview with a planner in Fiji. Currently there are 3 planners serving the whole country of 850,000 people.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Summary of comments about this blog from 2009 332 students

Following is a list of summarised students' comments about this blog and relevant course materials made during the lecture on 25 August 2009.
  • Like to do polls;
  • Not enough information and sources for detailed discussions and debates;
  • More graphics and images, more debateable topics, no topics related to Australia;
  • Want to response to someone else comments, poll is a great idea;
  • Blog - good learning tool;
  • Helpful slides for how to make comments and links to a photo.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

US Portland the liveable city

Today we had an opportunity to watch the video on Portland and how it has approached the issue of sustainability through it's version of the Metropolitan Urban Limits or growth boundaries. Use the blog to contribute your reaction to the video and the thing(s) that struck you most about the approach and what Auckland and NZ could learn.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Do you agree that the challenges facing China are greater than New Zealand?

Cities in China have undergone significant change in the past two to three decades. Discuss challenges and issues facing planning in China in relation to the area you are researching for your journal article.

Do you agree that the challenges facing China are greater than New Zealand?
Don't know
pollcode.com free polls

Please explain your choice in "Comments" below.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blog techniques

For people who want to post links of photos, here is the solution:

Type in:

"a href="URL of the photo">Link to the photo"


before "a", type in "<"
after "to the photo" type in "/a" within "<  >"

If it does not work, re-typing the quotation marks should help. You are welcome to leave questions in comments, I will answer all questions in this post.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Student definitions of urban sustainability

The University of Auckland 21 July 2009
Class PLAN 332.

Where people can access daily needs within walking distance of 1km and public transport.

Using only what we need.

Minimising the environmental impact of cities

Develop the social, culture, environment and economy of communities and cities.

Urban development which is effective and efficient.

Managing growth and resources of cities to ensure that social, environment and economic needs of current and future generations are catered for.

Holistically viable city which meets the needs of residents and future residents and takes into account the environmental, social and economic and political factors.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

2009 Semester 2 begins

Over the 11 week period students will be expected to make 6-8 contributions to the blog. Week 1 will involve taking part in the short survey and making a posting of no more than 100 words distilling your thoughts on the urban sustainability of a particular place you have visited and posting a photograph.