Growth Misconduct? Avoiding sprawl and improving urban intensification

Karen Witten, Wokje Abrahamse and Keriata Stuart (eds)


New Zealand’s population is expected to grow by one million people in the next 20 years. The arrival of ‘peak oil’ and accumulating evidence of climate change force us to reconsider the way we grow our cities.

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This book provides insights into the multifaceted practice of urban intensification. It highlights both the promise and the limitations of planning models such as smart growth and new urbanism in New Zealand cities. Growth Misconduct? is intended to further our knowledge, spark debate and help us think critically about ways to create livable, beautiful, environmentally sustainable and prosperous cities. The book highlights where intensification has gone wrong to enable planners and designers to overcome these barriers and work towards models of urban intensification that will bring environmental, social and economic gains.

Contributors: Wokje Abrahamse, Tricia Austin, Penelope Carroll, Ralph Chapman, Billie Giles-Corti, John Gray, Philippa Howden-Chapman, Jacqueline McIntosh, Andy Ralph, Kathryn Scott, Anna Stevenson, Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, Christina van Bohemen, Helen Viggers, Brenna Waghorn, Yvonne Weeber, Karen Witten and Pengjun Zhao.

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About the author

Karen Witten is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE) and Whariki Research Centre, Massey University. Karen’s research interests centre on interactions between the physical characteristics of neighbourhoos and cities, and the social relationships, transport choices and well being of the people living in them. Current work includes studies of spatial inequities in urban service and amenity access, and an investigation of inner city and suburban environments that constrain and enable children’s independent mobility and physical activity. Karen is also a principal investigator of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

Wokje Abrahamse is an enironmental psychologist and is a research fellow with the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. Wokje’s research focuses on human behaviour in relation to a range environmental issues such as energy use, travel mode choice and food consumption. She has a particular interest in the effectiveness of interventions to encourage environmentally-friendly behaviours.

Keriata Stuart (Te Atiawa ki Waiwhetū, Taranaki) is an independent Māori public health policiy advisor and researcher, and also works as a strategic advisor on Māori public health for the New Zealand Public Health Association/Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui. Keriata completed her Master of Public Health degree in 2009. Her research interests include Māori environmental health and iwi/hapū development, and increasing Māori participation in developing community and national public policy.

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Dimensions 176 × 250 mm

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