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Sustainability will never go out of style

Sustainability will never go out of style

The sustainability movement is growing in momentum, driven by an increasing awareness and understanding that our quality of life now and into the future is dependent on how we care for, and manage our impact, on our environment. A serious, long-term commitment to sustainability from Governments, Councils, businesses and communities in the planning and design […]

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How Tactical Urbanism Is Changing Our Streetscapes

How Tactical Urbanism Is Changing Our Streetscapes

‘Tactical urbanism’ or ‘guerilla urbanism’ is one of the most exciting trends to hit our streets. Already making an impact in cities around the world, New Zealand cities are embracing the concept. But what is tactical urbanism? Tactical urbanism is the term used to describe ‘urban interventions’ that create more ‘people friendly’ streets and spaces […]

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A Fresh Perspective On Our Parks And Public Space

A Fresh Perspective On Our Parks And Public Space

At the start of 2021, Urban Effects reflects on how the challenges of 2020 have given New Zealanders a fresh perspective on the value of our parks and public spaces. The way we live, work and play has changed, driven by a deeper awareness of the importance of physical and mental health and the factors […]

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2020 Vision: Open Space Planning and Design Trends

2020 Vision: Open Space Planning and Design Trends

Welcome to 2020! Urban Effects had a great 2019 thanks to our involvement in street and park projects around New Zealand. In 2020, our commitment to providing refreshingly different outdoor furniture solutions is as strong as ever. So, we’ve started the year by looking at the latest trends in urban planning and design, and landscape […]

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Enhance Kid’s Educational Experience

Enhance Kid’s Educational Experience

Making your school grounds a safe and inviting place for students to learn, play and socialise can and enhance students’ educational experience and social development. It is a simple, effective way to demonstrate you care about your students and encourage them to look after their school, themselves and each other. It can also do wonders […]

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For the love of bikes (and the people that ride them)!

For the love of bikes (and the people that ride them)!

Around 1 in 5 New Zealanders own a bike and, according to the Cycling Action Network, more and more of us are using peddle power to get to school and work. They estimate more than 45,000 people ride to work (about 3% of commuters), and that number is increasing in cities like Auckland, Wellington and […]

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5 Parks That Change The Way We Look At Waste

5 Parks That Change The Way We Look At Waste

Five of the 50 anti-pollution actions listed in a recent UN Environment report touch on solid waste. One of them emphasises that carefully crafted regulation and policies at the national level are pivotal to moving economies to be more sustainable. On a practical level, some clever waste management projects are proving that parks can have a […]

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Water for all on World Water Day

Water for all on World Water Day

It’s World Water Day today March 22. This year, the United Nations has chosen the theme Water for all to highlight just how important it is for people the world over to have access to clean, fresh water. In New Zealand, we’re fortunate to have an abundant supply of water. We rank in the top […]

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Park Benches Aiming to Banish Bullying

Park Benches Aiming to Banish Bullying

Rates of bullying in New Zealand are alarming compared to other countries – with roughly a fifth of NZ students saying they are frequently bullied. In Australia, more than one in five students reported feeling like an outsider and awkward at school, while 16 per cent said they were lonely. Across the globe, a simple […]

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The new language of flexible urban design

The new language of flexible urban design

Park, plaza or promenade … every public space varies in size, stakeholders and purpose. Flexibility is today’s necessity and modular outdoor furniture is answering the call. Our rapidly urbanising global population demands new thinking about traditional open spaces. Fortunately, a new generation of incredibly adaptable street furniture creates exciting opportunities. Italian company and Urban Effects […]

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