Fast Forward - Doing Medium Density Well

Fast Forward Autumn 2017 // Doing Medium Density Well Event as iCalendar

(Architecture and Planning, Architecture and planning, Creative Events)

16 March 2017 - 24 May 2017


Venue: Please refer to individual events

Location: University of Auckland, City Campus

Host: School of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries

Cost: Free

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The School of Architecture and Planning’s twice-annual talk series, Fast Forward, aims to foster debate, discussion and development within the disciplines of architecture, urban planning and urban design.

This semester we focus on the question: how can we do medium density well? Auckland has decided to grow up. The new Unitary Plan allows increased density and height, and medium density living arrangements in terraced housing and apartments. But how can we do it well? How can we ensure quality?

From March to May we offer a series of talks and discussions, ranging from design to technical solutions, to support both the public and the profession in ensuring Auckland procures good medium density design.



Supported by: GIB®


Head to our Youtube channel for the recordings
Head to our Youtube channel for the lecture recordings

Upcoming Talk


James Legge (Melbourne) // Medium Density and Architect as Ethical Developer

Melbourne architect James Legge is a director of the practice Six Degrees Architects, recognised for first-rate design of medium density residential and mixed-use buildings.
Melbourne and Sydney have a longer history of this sort of scale and density than Auckland. James will discuss the firm’s work in building design, urban design, and place-making, with a focus on the Nightingale projects. These projects aim to provide homes affordably with financing from approximately 20 ethical investors. Costs are also reduced through alternative methods and design choices that look at the whole process of development, with an understanding of financial and other forces which shape decisions.

Can the Nightingale model work in New Zealand?

This session will include light refreshments after the lecture, presenting an opportunity to meet James and continue conversations from previous weeks.

Wednesday 10 May, 6.30pm
Conference Centre: 423:342
20 Symonds Street, Auckland Central