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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: Housing for Wellbeing | Monday 30 November

5.45pm to 7pm at the Globe Theatre.

This event is now fully booked, but you can register for our waiting list.

We'll also be filming the presentation and posting it to this page after the event.

Join us for the second presentation in our creative conversations series. Urban strategist Greer O’Donnell will share a fresh perspective on the role of housing for health and wellbeing, and present examples of housing models that have evolved in response to rising house prices and housing inequality.

“A diverse housing ecosystem forms an essential part of any highly functioning and creative city,” says O’Donnell. “But housing in New Zealand has largely been commodified – viewed as a way to build wealth, with negative consequences for the majority of low-to-moderate income earners.”

She'll share alternative models which prioritise community and wellbeing over profit and wealth creation. Her talk will explore how international models and local examples are responding to the challenges, and outline what cities like Palmy can do to expedite the development of more diverse, fit-for-purpose and affordable housing stock.

About Greer O'Donnell

Photo shows smiling woman in spectacles and black polo neck standing in front of a tree espaliered along the wall of a building.

Greer O’Donnell is the co-founder, Director and Urban Strategist at The Urban Advisory – an Auckland-based multidisciplinary consultancy focused on creating cities that are more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

O'Donnell's expertise in housing and social infrastructure has been developed through previous roles in the public, private and community sectors, developing strategies and managing projects of all scales.

Urban development projects she's worked on include the Auckland housing programme, the Christchurch rebuild, and the eastern Porirua regeneration.

She chairs the Society for Alternative Housing – an organisation supporting the growth of new housing models – and is a passionate advocate for wellbeing through design.

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Previous talks

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?