Does the NZTA scheme measure up?

We’ve already begun discussing issues relevant to the Basin, particularly through blog posts … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 14th July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues | 3 Comments »

Peak Oil, Peak Car, and Resilient Cities…

Sure it was ‘only’ an aspirational vision, but way back in 2007, there was this idea that we might become the first carbon neutral capital in the world – big promises to be sure, but just how are we doing… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 10th July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Comment, RANTING, Transport | Comments Off on Peak Oil, Peak Car, and Resilient Cities…

Traffic Congestion, Part 2: To build or not to build…

Apparently that isn’t the question – according to our NZTA experts, yet I can’t help but wonder why the latter option (not to build), hasn’t been a part of NZTA investigations. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 6th July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Comment, RANTING, Transport | 8 Comments »

Video of the Week – Future by Airbus

It has been a busy week here at the Architectural Centre website, but I couldn’t not post this one – so here is a little something for your Friday afternoon entertainment:

Sweet!  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 17th June 2011
Under: News, Video of the Week | 2 Comments »

More roads? Less pollution – I don’t think so.

It’s no irony that at the moment when John Key is supposedly at a Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen: City of Cyclists, that the government is poised to increase road building – a 4-lane road from Levin to Wellington – via Transmission Gully or otherwise.  While Key is fluffing around on the other side of the planet (moving from supporting specified targets for reduction to a more general “political” statement), back home the government is trying hard to waste the planet we’ve got.  Aren’t we meant to be trying to reduce our impact on the environment? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 15th December 2009
Under: urban design | 7 Comments »

Fashion offensives

Architecture has historically had a difficult relationship with fashion, and, despite the challenges of the Urbis generation, it continues to perpetrate an image of consistent fundamentals, along with its younger siblings: Urban Design and Town Planning. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 11th November 2009
Under: RANTING, urban design | 9 Comments »

Transport Priorities

Kerry Williamson today revealed in the Dom Post the regional councils transport priorities.

That is to say those which they are petitioning the Government for assistance with.

The top Items, with budgets, are as follows:


Western Link Road stage 1 (Waikanae to Paraparaumu), $82 million.

State Highway 1 Basin Reserve upgrade and bus lanes improvement, $37 million.

Rail network improvements (including seven more trains, double-tracking, signalling and track upgrades), $177 million.

Western Link Road stage 3 (Paraparaumu to Raumati), $41 million.

SH2 Melling Interchange and Melling Bridge, $51 million.

Paraparaumu and Waikanae station upgrades, $15 million.

McKays Crossing to Paekakariki median barrier, $5 million.

SH2 Moonshine to Silverstream median barrier, $6 million


It’s good to see that there are a number of initiatives that relate to public transport but since when did the Basin Reserve fly-over become a done deal?

If that is the case then why don’t the council ask for the money for the second Mt Vic tunnel at the same time? At least that would demonstrate that they have a strategy for transport in that area.

Then again maybe we should wait until the Indoor Sports Centre is built on Cobham Drive and see if it results in any additional traffic using the existing Mt Vic tunnel.

Posted on 17th February 2009
Under: Uncategorized | 8 Comments »