This post is really just a heads-up for those of you who don’t keep up with the Dom-Post (and let’s be honest, they don’t really offer much reason to do so), but here is an article (via stuff.co.nz) that should have some interest for our members:
Although I recommend you read the article for yourself, the basic gist is that WCC have prepared a Central City Strategy that recognises the central city’s role as the heart of Wellington, and seeks to devise a central city framework that recognises and further develops that role. Four basic goals for turning Wellington into the promised smart green city form the core of the document. These goals are:
- People-centred city: Create a vibrant, affordable, resilient city, with a strong identity. Expressed through urban form, openness and accessibility.
- Connected city: With people, other places and ideas. Regionally, nationally and internationally. Including world class information and communication technology infrastructure.
- Eco-City: Take environmental leadership role as the country’s capital. Establish proactive responses to environmental challenges. Foster a green economy.
- Dynamic central city: Create a place of creativity, exploration and innovation. Offer a vibrant place for lifestyle and entertainment. Continue to drive the regional economy.
All noble goals to be sure, and ones that I am certain will have resonance for Architectural Centre members (don’t let us blindly assume this however – have your say below…).
A main part of the article focuses on the increased central city living, and the consequent need for a greater range of public spaces to accommodate these city dwellers. Revitalised lanes, boulevards, and open spaces are signalled.
Let’s hope that the vision becomes more than just a vision, and begins to inform pragmatic decisions sooner than later – like, I don’t know, the decision on the proposed Basin Reserve SH1 flyover for example – which, in its ‘drive’ (pun intended) to make the city a route for motorised transport for the rest of the North Island to the Wellington Airport, delivers the opposite of the four goals above. Does WCC have the courage and wherewithal to stick up for its own goals and convince NZTA to go for a more holistic solution? We have already proposed an alternative to the flyover proposal (see here), which does deliver to the above goals, which we will continue to further develop…
Anyway – the document is due to be released on June 20, and you can be sure we’ll cover it in more depth here and probably in other fora, as well as provide feedback to WCC as part of their consultation process. It would be great to hear what you think, and we’ll aim to provide suitable fora for that to occur in the near future. In the meantime – the comments below are open for your initial thoughts…