Joel is a Strategic Planner specializing in urban, infrastructure, and economic development planning policy. He has provided advice to project teams wanting a critical review of work in progress, or requiring a 'challenge team' input. In Auckland, Joel has taken a leading role in public policy decisions influencing transport, urban form and development, waterfront development and much..
Readers will be painfully aware of the visual pollution evident throughout Auckland streets - where there is commercial activity - because of our city's highly permissive rules on advertising and signage. It's not until you visit cities which regulate instead in favour of architecture and street art that you see what might be possible in a repainted Auckland.
I've just included here 3 street
Another field trip at the PIA (Planning Institute of Australia) conference held in May in Perth. This time to learn about Australia's first driverless electric shuttle.
The Royal Autoclub of Australia, with support from West Australia State Government and the City of Perth is trialling a fully driverless electric shuttle bus on a small route in a part of urban Perth. Groups of delegates were
During my recent trip to New Orleans I spent a week in Austin, Texas. There for music and culture and a bit of an explore. Prior to this trip I had attended the PIA planning conference in Perth where I met Chris O'Connor - an Aussie planner currently working in Austin. He spoke to conference about "Keeping Austin Wierd" - one of the city's most popular slogans - and one which represents a
I spent a wonderful week in New Orleans in May 2018. This posting reflects the little learning I picked up while there about the urban morphology of the French Quarter part of New Orleans in particular. I was there to immerse myself in local music - blues, soul, jazz - but there's so much more to experience and learn about here. (You will see my other post here about Katrina.).
One of the
Visited New Orleans a couple of weeks ago. Stayed in French Quarter. Spent a couple of day trips exploring the area of New Orleans hardest hit by Katrina floods - known as Lower 9th. It's taken a while to get my head around the geography, so I've put a few maps here to explain...
New Orleans is the main city of the state of Louisiana. Flood and storm damage threats to New Orleans come from two
I was following up an NZ Herald newslink, and stumbled across this World Economic Forum research into relative/comparative global city costs of commuting using public transport. It's apparently based on the cost of a one month ticket. You can see it here.
The key information is contained in this table....
Auckland fares badly, according to this international measure.
I attended the Planning Institute of Australia conference held in Perth 9th-11th of May 2018. In my role as Policy Adviser to NZ Planning Institute I've also been to the previous conferences held in Sydney (2017) and Brisbane (2016). Increasingly, the topic of housing affordability and rapid urbanisation has moved to the top of the conference programme.
The focus of this posting is a field