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Creative city conversations

Be part of creative city conversations – a new series of free public talks to inspire you and ignite a wider conversation about the opportunities for our city.

We'll be bringing you a new topic of conversation every couple of months, and have an exciting range of speakers lined up. 

The series launched in September with a conversation about the carbon landscape, led by landscape architect Craig Pocock. Didn't make it? Watch the video. 

Next: Movement and place | Monday 15 March

5.45pm to 7pm at the Globe Theatre: Register by Friday 12 March

Creative city-making through human-centric transportation

Transport is an enabler and is the lifeblood to any place, town or city. It connects us and improves our health and wellbeing. It helps to unlock growth and shapes places, cities and the way we work, live and play.

Over the last 100 years, towns and cities around the world have prioritised movement over place, dictating the way they function. Examples of the domination of movement at the expense of place can be seen all over New Zealand too. However, things are changing… 

In the third talk in our series, Liz Halsted will explore how cities are responding to these challenges and outline what Palmy can do to bring outcomes, people and places into more of a balance with the way we move.

About Liz Halsted

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Liz Halsted is the NZ Advisory Services Leader for global infrastructure company Arup.

Her work includes developing the Auckland and London Roads and Streets Frameworks, providing social, environmental, economic and cultural outcomes through strategy and design. The frameworks incorporate minimum design levels of service for all transport modes, including walking.

During 11 years in London Halsted was also responsible for London’s Streetscape Design Manual and strategic walk network, led the London urban design review panel, and delivered the Making Walking Count Programme. She worked on the Kings Cross regeneration, including the redevelopment of Kings Cross and St Pancras and Euston Stations, and the development and delivery of crossrail and high-speed rail.

From 2005-10 she ran an innovation precinct in London which trialled many things, including tactical urbanism schemes, car-sharing, London’s cycle hire scheme, differential parking charges, Legible London (London’s accessible pedestrian way-finding scheme) and electric and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.​

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Previous talks

Urban strategist Greer O’Donnell shares a fresh perspective on the role of housing for health and wellbeing, exploring examples of housing models that have evolved in response to rising house prices and housing inequality, and outlining what cities like Palmy can do to expedite the development of more diverse, fit-for-purpose and affordable homes.

Reflecting on his own projects over the last 16 years, landscape architect Craig Pocock asks the question: Does our carbon consumption offset our carbon creation? While landscape and open spaces projects can be seen at face-value as green and sustainable, how sustainable they are when applying a CO₂ cost to them?