Here’s another great Auckland Conversations event coming up on Wednesday 14 November. Hank Dittmar CEO of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment will be talking about sustainable cities and design. Mr. Dittmar has been the Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation since January 2005. Previous to that he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism and as Executive Director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project both based in the United States. Much of his professional work has been centred around the role of land use and transportation in creating liveable communities.
Currently his work at the Prince’s Foundation seems to be focused around neighbourhood design and architectural innovation. Yesterday, HRH, The Prince of Wales, and Mr. Dittmar presented an interesting new suburban retrofit model for the City of Melbourne. According to the Prince’s Foundation website the model:
…offers a sustainable alternative to the current suburban development found in many of Melbourne’s surrounding areas. The model shows an existing low density suburb with one house per plot on one half, transformed to be greener and reflect contemporary living with three houses per plot based upon an updating of the popular Melbourne terraced house. The aim was to create a place that is more environmentally friendly, healthier and less car-dependent, whilst enhancing a sense of community amongst its residents and updating historic forms to reflect contemporary living.
I’m sure whether he talks about transportation or neighbourhood design he will have a lot of valuable advice for Auckland. The event is free, but please RSVP (aucklandconversations (at) aucklandcouncil.govt.nz) so the event planners have an idea of how many people to expect.