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5 Things Every Healthy City Needs

5 Things Every Healthy City Needs

When people hear the term ‘healthy city’, most imagine inclusive communities with green, lush environments and happy, healthy individuals. Indeed, these are all important parts of what makes a healthy city, but it is much more complicated than that. Healthy city planning is a complex field aimed at improving the lives of residents and the […]

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How school grounds can enhance kids’ educational experiences

How school grounds can enhance kids’ educational experiences

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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Waste not, want not. 5 parks that are changing the way we look at waste

Waste not, want not. 5 parks that are changing 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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The Growth of Community Gardens

The Growth of Community Gardens

Are you looking to promote healthy lifestyles in your community, all the while encouraging locals to get outside and connect with each other? A community garden could be the answer. Bursting with character and raw beauty, each community garden is unique, and holds a special place in the hearts of those who contribute to its […]

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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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People power: urban street furniture gets real

People power: urban street furniture gets real

Great public spaces have been described as “the living room of the city” – and there’s a growing demand to furnish them more thoughtfully. In overcrowded cities, people need public spaces more than ever to connect, belong, unwind and enjoy nature. Often underestimated, the furniture we choose for those spaces has a huge impact on […]

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