THE SURVIVAL OF OUR CITIES

This speech shows how the city of Waitakere, near Auckland, New Zealand, is attempting to address its problems and make a better future. The bad news is that modern cities are not working; their infrastructures are inadequate and too inflexible to meet 21st century needs. The good news is that city reconstruction will keep engineers of the present and next generations in creative and rewarding work for a lifetime. They will be busy redesigning, resourcing, and re- engineering the physical bases of their cities to become sustaining systems, not only lifestyle systems. At the same time, local government should ensure that the voices of its citizens are heard, with full regard for their ideas; thus it must look closely at its consultation process and how it involves its people. Technical 'fixes' are limited, because they do not address the fundamental problem of how social, political, and economic factors shape our technologies. Waitakere aims to achieve sustainable economic development, and harmonise its social, economic, and environmental goals. This must go beyond its transport planning, which seeks to concentrate housing and development around existing transport nodes and rail systems, and promote public transport and cycleways.

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    Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

    158 The Terrace
    Wellington,   New Zealand 
  • Authors:
    • HARVEY, B
  • Publication Date: 1995-10

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 7-10
  • Serial:
    • NEW ZEALAND ENGINEERING
    • Volume: 50
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
    • ISSN: 0028-808X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716028
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM