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ADNZ Medium Density Housing Summit

  • Princes Ballroom - Pullman Hotel Auckland Cnr Princes St & Waterloo Quadrant Auckland (map)

Medium density housing across New Zealand cities is on the rise – Nearly 60% of new consents in Auckland city and inner city suburbs over the past year have been for medium density construction.

This two-day summit will look at acceptable design solutions going forward and demonstrate the benefits of density done well.

Nicholas Dalton (Te Arawa, Tuhoe), Stirling Burrows (Ngāti Ranui) and Te Ari Prendergast (Ngāi Tahu, Apanui) from TOA Architects will be speaking on how Aotearoa New Zealand can better accommodate cultural aspects in the design of medium-density housing.

‘The disconnect with higher density is we don't have this relationship with the future home owner. How TOA approaches this is to take learnings about culture and people from their residential projects and imagine these people living, with their values, within these spaces and hopefully this starts to inform a more accommodating design that works for both developer and end user,' Stirling says.

'One simple method is to give projects a working name, often in Māori, it's a simple gesture and provides a base line for how we intend to progress. Giving a Māori name starts to embody a concept or a narrative and a relationship with the landscape.'

Keynote speakers include:

  • Andrew Maynard of Austin Maynard Architects – Nightingale Project
  • Pete Bossley of Bossley Architects

Andrew and Pete will showcase examples of welldesigned medium density, discuss the challenges faced, and their views on the design led approach required to shape our medium density housing. 

MBIE will provide an overview on medium density and focus on a shifting mind set and why we should be embracing it, covering topics such as:

  • Building code
  • Fire regulations
  • Acoustics

With further talks from industry experts covering:

  • Property Law issues of boundary definition, bodies corporate and maintenance
  • Practice management and ensuring you have the right team
  • Sustainability and efficiency

$437.00 (Cost to ADNZ members: $287.50)

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