New earthquake codes will dramatically alter New Zealand’s urban landscape

Haunting science fiction movies of decaying abandoned city CBDs could become a reality in the wake of new earthquake codes and hiked insurance premiums in New Zealand. I’m not being alarmist here either; there’s a good chance this could become the new reality. There are no two ways about it…

New earthquake codes could see the demise of buildings such as 105 Queen St, Auckland

Haunting science fiction movies of decaying abandoned city CBDs could become a reality in the wake of new earthquake codes and hiked insurance premiums in New Zealand.

I’m not being alarmist here either; there’s a good chance this could become the new reality.

There are no two ways about it… Continue reading “New earthquake codes will dramatically alter New Zealand’s urban landscape”

What’s the future for a vacant city

The commercial property market in Auckland is finally starting to look truly more buoyant. Some new commercial premises are about to be built, and there is definitely an air of confidence around. Just look at the buzz surrounding the opening of the Wynyard Quarter down at the Viaduct Harbour. It has been particularly up and down since the Global Financial Crisis and I had to smile today thinking of how, nearly two years ago, I was optimistically talking about…

What's the future for a vacant city?The commercial property market in Auckland is finally starting to look truly more buoyant.

Some new commercial premises are about to be built, and there is definitely an air of confidence around. Just look at the buzz surrounding the opening of the Wynyard Quarter down at the Viaduct Harbour.

It has been particularly up and down since the Global Financial Crisis and I had to smile today thinking of how, nearly two years ago, I was optimistically talking about Continue reading “What’s the future for a vacant city”

Rethinking our cities’ CBDs

I think no matter where we live, we are all reeling in the aftermath of the series of natural disasters of the past few months; the Queensland floods, the Christchurch earthquake, and Japan’s tsunami and nuclear plant disasters. It is really hard to rise above the shock and horror to think about what’s next, and what we can do to safeguard the future. Bricks and mortar, and the fabric of infrastructure, no longer feel so solid…

Rethinking our cities' CBDsI think no matter where we live, we are all reeling in the aftermath of the series of natural disasters of the past few months; the Queensland floods, the Christchurch earthquake, and Japan’s tsunami and nuclear plant disasters.

It is really hard to rise above the shock and horror to think about what’s next, and what we can do to safeguard the future.

Continue reading “Rethinking our cities’ CBDs”